Toddler rescued from car 14 hours after Utah river plunge

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Posted: Mar 08, 2015 10:24 AM

(Reuters) - A toddler trapped for more than 14 hours inside a car that plunged into a Utah river was rescued after the vehicle was discovered by a fisherman on Saturday, police said.

The 18-month-old girl was flown to hospital and was in critical condition, the Spanish Fork Police Department said in a statement released on Saturday evening. Her 25-year-old mother, who was the driver, died in the accident.

Police said the accident appears to have occurred at around 10:30 p.m. local time on Friday as the mother and her daughter were driving home to Springville, a suburb of Provo. A witness near the site heard a noise and investigated but observed nothing at the time, police said.

The car was discovered by a fisherman shortly after noon on Saturday, with the vehicle resting face-down in the water. When authorities arrived, they discovered the girl in her car seat, police said.

The car appears to have struck a cement barrier on a bridge before entering the river, police said, adding that the cause of the crash is not clear.

Authorities did not release the names of the girl and her mother, pending notification of their family.

Police did not respond immediately to a message seeking comment on Sunday.

(Reporting by Jonathan Kaminsky in New Orleans; Editing by David Goodman)