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Car rolls into Cedar River in Waverly


Doctors are treating an Arizona woman for injuries, after she was hit by the car she was driving.

It happened around 1:45 Thursday afternoon.  The woman is visiting family in Waverly, and was driving her nephew's car.  She stopped at the home on 4th Street NW, but failed to put the car in park.  It took off, knocking her off her feet and injuring her arm.

The car continued down toward the Cedar River, avoiding area homes, the VFW, and several trees before landing in the water.

Members of the Gasch family, who live along the river, heard the noise and ran to the window.

"We saw out the window a big splash in the river.  And there weren't any boats around, so it couldn't be that," said Anna Gasch.  "We thought somebody threw a rock in or something.  You wouldn't think that a car went in there."

Firefighters arrived on scene, and after learning no one was in the vehicle, began the process of pulling the car out of the river.  They worked in conjunction with a local towing company to pull the fully-submerged vehicle from the water.

"We work pretty closely with a tow service, whether it's here or at a car accident.  So we know what they're asking for," said firefighter Rob Edgar.

The driver is being held overnight at a local hospital for observation, but family members say she's going to be fine.

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