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Woman Rescued After Crashing into Retention Pond in Pleasant Gap

by on September 18, 2019 1:51 PM

A woman was rescued from her partially submerged vehicle Wednesday morning after crashing through a fence and into the retention pond at the Pleasant Gap State Fish Hatchery along Axemann Road.

The woman was driving an SUV down Steeplechase Drive shortly after 11 a.m. when she failed to stop at the intersection, crossed Axemann Road, crashed through the fence and went into the pond.

Two people, including Pleasant Gap firefighter James Ard who lives nearby, went into the pond and pulled her out of the vehicle, WJAC-TV reported. Ard said the back half of the vehicle was not submerged and he and the other man were able to pull the woman out. 

Pleasant Gap Fire Company arrived and Ard retrieved personal flotation devices for the woman along with a rope bag. Firefighters then pulled Ard and the woman by rope to land.

The woman does not appear to have sustained any serious injuries. The SUV was pulled from the pond and towed away by about 12:30 p.m.

In addition to Pleasant Gap Fire Company, Spring Township and Bellefonte police and Pleasant Gap and Bellefonte EMS responded to the scene.

An SUV is towed away after being pulled from a retention pond on Axemann Road in Pleasant Gap on Sept. 18, 2019. Photo by Geoff Rushton/

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