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Santa Rosa Firefighters Rescue Woman Trapped Inside Submerged Car

SANTA ROSA (CBS SF) -- Firefighters rescued a woman and her dog Friday night from a vehicle that had careened off a bridge and into a waterway near Santa Rosa, authorities said.

The Santa Rosa Fire Department responded Friday at 9:14 p.m. to 3250 Guerneville Road on a report of a vehicle that had driven off a bridge and into a waterway. Firefighters located a car that had driven off a bridge on private property and into a tributary of the Laguna de Santa Rosa.

The vehicle had fallen about 10 feet and was in a near vertical position. A woman and a dog were trapped inside the partially submerged passenger compartment of the vehicle.

Firefighters used chains and cable to stabilize and secure the rear of the car to the bridge.

The woman requested firefighters remove the uninjured dog from the car first, so the dog was passed along to a friend. Firefighters then helped the woman exit the vehicle and make it to safety.

She was taken to the hospital with injuries that were not considered life threatening. Her dog was uninjured.

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