Woman rescued from car roof in flooded Ore. field
Thursday, January 19, 2012
TURNER, Ore. (AP) -- Authorities say deputies in a boat have plucked a 35-year-old woman from the roof of a Ford Mustang she drove into floodwaters 4 feet deep in the Willamette Valley.
The Benton County sheriff's office says the water carried the car from a roadway 300 feet into a farm field Friday morning and rose above the car's handles. A sheriff's spokesman says she scrambled atop the car and spent more than 30 minutes there.
The car was on the west side of the rising Willamette River in southern Benton County. The woman wasn't identified. Deputies say it takes only about 18 inches of water to move most cars, so drivers shouldn't go into floodwaters.