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Video: Helicopter rescue saves Calif. woman trapped atop crash in creek

By Daniella Segura
The Charlotte Observer

LIVERMORE, Calif. — A woman was rescued after sitting on top of her submerged and overturned pickup truck in a rushing creek for nearly 15 hours, California rescuers say.

A passerby called police after seeing a car submerged in water in Livermore on Tuesday, Jan 23, shortly after 10 a.m., Cheryl Hurd, a spokesperson with the Alameda County Fire Department, said in an email to McClatchy News.

Fire crews arrived and “saw a woman sitting on top of her car,” Hurd said.

Members from the San Ramon Valley Fire Protection District put the woman in a rescue harness, California Highway Patrol Golden Gate Division Air Operations said in a Jan. 23 Facebook post.

After a California Highway Patrol helicopter arrived, Hurd said rescuers used a short lift to hoist the woman from her truck.

The woman told fire crews she was “trying to drive on a cement bridge to the other side” at about 7:30 p.m. on the day prior, Hurd said.

In the darkness, Hurd said the woman didn’t realize how “deep the water was.”

The bridge, however, was “over a creek bed that had rising water.”

Though she waited on her truck, which was mostly covered in water, overnight the woman was not injured, Hurd said.

She was taken to a hospital, Hurd said.

Livermore is about 45 miles southeast of San Francisco .

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