Alachua County firefighters rescue woman from car submerged in Paynes Prairie

Photo courtesy of Alachua County Fire-Rescue.

Firefighters in Alachua County rescued a Gainesville woman Sunday morning after her car ran off U.S. Highway 441 and into about five feet of water at Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park.

The Highway Patrol says the 34-year-old woman was driving a Toyota Avalon north in the right lane when she failed to move over, striking an orange traffic barrier shortly after 9 a.m. The right lane on either side of the road has been closed since Hurricane Irma because of flooding.

Troopers say the driver over-corrected, causing the car to travel into the water.

Alachua County Fire-Rescue and Micanopy Fire-Rescue responded to the 9:16 a.m. call and found the woman conscious with minor injuries trapped inside the vehicle. The car was in about five feet of water, located about 15 feet from the shoreline.

The crews got her out by cutting the roof posts and helping her across a ladder bridge. She was taken to UF Health with non-life threatening injuries.

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