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Driver OK after car slides, falls into creek

1/17/2013 - West Side Leader
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By Kathleen Folkerth

Photo courtesy of the Bath Police Department
BATH — Bath Police officials said a 42-year-old Kent woman was treated and released at Akron City Hospital after her car slid on black ice and ended up upside-down in Yellow Creek Jan. 10.

Chief Mike McNeely said the woman’s car was traveling west on Yellow Creek Road around 7 a.m. that morning when she hit a patch of ice, struck the guardrail on one side, propelled across the road and up a snow bank before going over the bridge and into the creek.

The driver was probably in the water, which was knee-deep, McNeely said, for about 40 minutes and was able to crawl out of the car. At that point, a passerby saw her, and a driver stopped and called 9-1-1.

McNeely said the driver was treated for exposure but was released that day and was doing well.

He added that a crane had to be brought in to lift the car, a 2011 Chrysler, out of the creek, shown above. It could not be pulled up the embankment because there are gas lines there, McNeely said.— By Kathleen Folkerth

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