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Woman Rescued After Car Plunges Into Marshall Creek

SPOKANE COUNTY, Wash. - A 26-year-old woman was submerged in icy waters in Marshall Creek for nearly 90 minutes after her car slid off Cheney-Spokane Road Thursday morning in the Marshall area.

At approximately 8:40 a.m. a passing motorist in the 8300 block of S. Cheney-Spokane Rd happened to notice tire tracks from a vehicle that had gone off the road and into the creek. The motorist reported the vehicle upside down and partially submerged.  He was unable to determine if the vehicle was occupied but he noted the muffler was still warm and called 9-1-1.

Rescue crews from Fire District 3 and Spokane County Sheriff's deputies responded and quickly worked to extricate a female from the vehicle. The woman told deputies she was submerged in water up to her neck for roughly 90 minutes. She told Deputy Craig Chamberlin that the hardest part was hearing motorists drive past the crash site, unaware of her car in the creek below.     

The woman was taken to the hospital, suffering from hypothermia. Authorities told KHQ the woman was so cold from the icy waters - estimated to be 40 degrees - she wasn't able to speak clearly. The extent of other injuries suffered in the crash was not immediately known.   

The woman told authorities that she lost control on a slippery stretch of the roadway while driving east on Cheney-Spokane Rd.

The good samaritan who first recognized the vehicle in the water declined a request to be interviewed by KHQ-TV.

Official press release from Spokane County Sheriff's Office

Personnel from the Spokane County Sheriff's Office, Fire District 3 and AMR entered the frigid waters of Marshall Creek to rescue a driver, trapped inside her overturned vehicle.

At 8:40 a.m. in the 8300 block of South Cheney-Spokane Road, a passing motorist reported a vehicle in the water, upside down and partial submerged.  He was unable to determine if the vehicle was occupied but he noted the muffler was still warm.

Deputy Mark Smoldt, Deputy Matt Gould and personnel from Fire District 3 and AMR arrived at the scene and found the 25-year-old driver still inside.  She was conscious and still restrained in her seat by the seatbelt.  The knee-deep water partially filled the passenger compartment covering most of her head, but didn't cover her mouth allowing her to breathe.  She was removed from the vehicle and transported to a downtown hospital where she was treated for hypothermia. 

It is unknown exactly when the crash occurred or how long she had been in the water, but it may have been up to an hour. She told deputies she lost control of her vehicle when she hit a patch of ice as she traveled northbound on Cheney-Spokane Road.  She believes it was 7:19 a.m. the last time she remembered looking at her watch.    

 

 

 

 

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