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Woman Trapped In Car When It Crashes In Creek

Last updated on Wednesday, December 28, 2011

(MONROVIA) - Ellen Wilson-Pruitt is lucky to be alive following a crash that resulted in her car being upside down in a creek.

Wilson-Pruitt was driving to work on SR 142 south of Monrovia on Tuesday morning, when she hit a patch of snow and slush and her Chevy Impala went into a spin. She thought her car was going to hit a telephone pole, but she missed the pole and headed straight for the creek.

The car rolled on its top as it entered the creek. She unbuckled her seatbelt and turned right side up, but couldn't get out of the car. That is when the water started coming into the vehicle.

Wilson-Pruitt said she always felt protected because her Chevy Impala has OnStar. She was immediately connected to an operator when her airbag deployed, but the connection didn't last long, because computer equipment doesn't work under water.

Wilson- Pruitt who was just a short distance from the road began honking her horn. But no one heard her. She said 4 cars passed in the 20 minutes she sat waiting for help.

That is when her hero Jeremy Mosier came along. Mosier noticed her lights and turned around to investigate. When he exited his vehicle he heard Wilson-Pruitt yelling for help. A short time later Monroe Township firefighters arrived.

Wilson-Pruitt suffered just a few bumps and bruises and was treated for hypothermia.

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