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Woman rescued from frigid creek

Thu., Jan. 26, 2012, 3:47 p.m.

With the help of an ax, emergency responders rescued a woman after her car skidded off Cheney-Spokane Road and landed upside down in Marshall Creek Thursday morning.

The 25-year-old Cheney woman was hypothermic with minor injuries and was taken to Sacred Heart Medical Center, Spokane Fire District 3 Deputy Fire Chief Brian Anderson said.

Anderson said the woman, whose name has not been released, was likely in the water for 25 minutes before emergency responders arrived, though she may have been in the water for as long as an hour. A passerby called 911, and no one witnessed the crash. She was wearing her seatbelt, which suspended her upside down with her mouth just out of the water, allowing her to breathe, a Spokane Sheriff’s Office press release said.

Responders had to break out the car’s back window with an ax to unlock the driver’s side door and extract the woman, Anderson said.

Along with Spokane Fire District 3, the Spokane Sheriff’s Office and AMR responded to the accident.


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