Ore. woman dies after rescue from submerged car

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PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- A 70-year-old Tillamook-area woman who was rescued from a submerged car more than a week ago has died at a Portland hospital.

Oregon State Police on Monday said that Helga Garling died Saturday at Legacy Emanuel Medical Center, where she was being treated.

Garling was injured April 17 when the car she was riding in with her husband plunged down a 100-foot embankment and into the Wilson River east of Tillamook, trapping her for about a half hour.

Her husband told troopers he might have fallen asleep while driving on Oregon Highway 6.

He was able to get out of the car and reach shore with help from two witnesses but the trio wasn't able to reach the woman. A Tillamook Fire District emergency crew finally rescued her.