PALMDALE – Deputies and passers-by helped pull an accident victim out of the chilly waters of the California Aqueduct to safety Tuesday morning. The woman said her vehicle rolled into the aqueduct and filled quickly with icy water, and she was able to escape through a passenger window that had shattered before the vehicle entered the water.
The following is the press release from the Palmdale Sheriff’s Station:
On Feb. 28, 2012 at 9 a.m., a Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Deputy from Parks Bureau responded to 60th Street W, south of Avenue N, at the California Aqueduct in Palmdale to assist Palmdale Sheriff’s Station Deputies regarding a vehicle accident in the Aqueduct with a person possibly trapped inside the vehicle.
The deputy was only a few minutes from the accident and was first on the scene.
When he arrived he noticed tire tracks in the steep embankment, a debris field and two men attempting to rescue the victim at the edge of the water.
The deputy ran down and assisted the two (unidentified) men in pulling the victim from the water and up onto a flat dirt area.
Palmdale Station Deputies arrived on the scene and began an investigation into the accident.
At this time, LA County Fire personnel had arrived and immediately began treating the victim for hypothermia and some minor visible injuries.
The deputy also confirmed the victim was indeed alone in her vehicle, ruling out any other possible victims.
The victim was conscious and breathing, and seemed coherent enough to answer basic questions. She was treated at the scene and released.