INDIANAPOLILS (WISH) - IMPD officers made a quick rescue of a woman trapped in her overturned car on the city's west side early Tuesday morning.
Shortly before 5 a.m., police received a 911 call from a woman who said she was trapped in her crashed vehicle and it was filling with water.
Investigators say it appears the woman was getting onto Interstate 465 north from West 38th Street and fell asleep.
Her car left the road, went down a 50 foot embankment, flipped onto its roof and landed in waist-deep water.
Police say the woman's life was saved by several officers who went into the water and were able to pry the door open and get her out.
Officer Brian Raney was one of the first officers to arrive to the scene. Once he made it to the car he kept talking to the driver.
"I just told her to keep her hand on the top of the door. We kept pulling and she kept her hand there," said Raney.
However as the number of officers began to grow they found it difficult to open the door because of mud and water.
"The two of us couldn't get the door open we tried with everything we had," said Officer Nicholas Wroblewski.
IMPD Sgt. Steven Ferklic told 24-Hour News 8, "The interior of the car was filled with water. It was a close call for the driver."
The woman is credited with having the presence of mind to use her cell phone to call 911 and give a general description of where she was. Officers familiar with the area said they knew this was the only place the car could have gone off the road.
The woman was treated at the scene for bumps and bruises.
Officer Eric Huxley says the driver expressed her gratitude after being released from the truck.
"She did say 'thank you.' We don't get much of that," said Huxley.
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