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Woman swims to shore after car plunges into Kettle River: Grand Forks RCMP

Grand Forks RCMP say they are investigating overnight incident from Saturday, adding they suspect alcohol played a role in the crash. Files / Global News

A Grand Forks woman managed to swim to safety after her car plunged into the Kettle River early Saturday.

Grand Forks RCMP say the four-door Oldsmobile Alero had been travelling eastbound, along Kettle River Drive near 12th Street, when it suddenly left the road and drove into the river shortly around 1 a.m.

Police say the 24-year-old woman and sole occupant of the single-vehicle incident managed to swim to shore, with a witness guiding her.

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Police say the woman sustained relatively minor injuries, but was transported to hospital as a precaution.

“Police are investigating reports that the driver performed an evasive manoeuver to avoid colliding with wildlife,” said RCMP Cpl. Jesse O’Donaghey.

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“Although speed has not been ruled out, investigators do believe that alcohol was a factor in this early morning crash.”

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Grand Forks RCMP said a diver was needed to extract the fully submerged four-door sedan from the Kettle River.

Witnesses who have not yet spoken to police are asked to contact the Grand Forks RCMP.

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