Woman rescued from submerged car after driving into canal near Alligator Alley

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TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) — A 74-year-old woman was rescued from a submerged car Wednesday morning after driving into a canal in the Florida Everglades.

The crash happened shortly before 8 a.m. at the canal off Alligator Alley west of U.S. 27 in western Broward County, NBC affiliate WTVJ reported.

WTVJ’s helicopter captured footage of the vehicle completely submerged in the canal.

According to the Florida Highway Patrol, the 74-year-old was driving a Chevrolet Trax westbound on Alligator Alley when she lost control of the vehicle and veered off the road.

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The car traveled through the grass shoulder, through a chain link fence, and into the canal. FHP said it’s unclear how the woman lost control.

WTVJ said the woman was pulled from the vehicle as it floated in the water. She was taken to the hospital out of precaution.

Alcohol and drugs weren’t a factor in the crash, but the woman couldn’t recall the events that led up to the incident, WTVJ said.

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