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Car plunges into icy river

Tuesday, March 27, 2001

Storm Lake woman loses her life as her car is swept 300 yards in flooded Raccoon River after Newell accident.

A Storm Lake woman is dead after the vehicle she was driving left the roadway and landed in a flooding river this weekend.

Cheryl Copp, 48, was driving on Highway 7 when her car left the roadway and entered the Raccoon River one and one-half miles west of Newell. The Raccoon was at flood stage due to melting snow and ice.

A report was received at 9:23 a.m. on Saturday of a vehicle that left the roadway in a one-car accident at the Raccoon River Bridge. Initially, the car was reportedly partially submerged in the Raccoon River, according to the Buena Vista County Sheriff's Office.

By the time emergency personnel started to stream onto the scene from numerous agencies, the car had been dragged under by the icy river, said Buena Vista County Sheriff's Deputy Doug Simons.

"Upon the arrival of the rescue crews, the vehicle was not visible to them at all," Simons said.

The Newell Fire Department and the Buena Vista County Sheriff's Office were the first to arrive on the scene. They worked feverishly to try to find the car under the ice and high, fast-paced water.

"Everybody was doing their job, trying to locate where the vehicle was and waiting for the appropriate equipment to do any sort of rescue or recovery safely," Simons said.

Read the rest of this story in the 3/27 Pilot Tribune.

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