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Woman swims to safety after crashing into icy river

EastIdahoNews.com

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SWAN VALLEY — A woman is recovering after driving into a frigid river Tuesday morning near Swan Valley.

The driver was in the eastbound lanes of US Highway 26 when she went off the road into the South Fork of the Snake River, according to Idaho State Police. She was able to get out of her car and swim to safety.

The eastbound lane was blocked while police investigated the crash and as crews worked to remove the vehicle from the water.

“We know the beautiful scenery in Eastern Idaho can be distracting, but it’s important to stay focused whenever you’re driving,” ISP tweeted. “We’re glad the driver of this car is going to be ok.”

It’s unknown why the woman drove into the river but police say she is “lucky to alive.

This car plunged into the river near Swan Valley. (Photo provided by the Idaho State Police)
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