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Woman swims to safety after crashing into icy river

Photos courtesy Idaho State Police
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.”
EastIdahoNews.com will post additional updates as we receive them.

This driver is lucky to be alive after driving off the road and into the Southfork of the Snake River. She was able to get out of her car and swim back to safety.
Crash is located on Hwy 26 near Swan Valley. pic.twitter.com/6VVBCsteLW
— Idaho State Police (@ISPeasternIdaho) February 11, 2020
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Source: eastidahonews.com

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