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Vehicle Plunges Into Retention Pond Off I-94

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ROSEVILLE  (WWJ) - Police say a woman made it out unscathed after she lost control of her vehicle on a busy metro Detroit freeway and crashed into a retention pond.

The incident happened around 4:20 a.m. Tuesday on westbound I-94 between Harper and Little Mack avenues in Roseville.

The woman, a 50-year-old from Detroit, lost control of her SUV, went through a fence and landed in a retention pond. The woman told police she was rear-ended by a semi-truck before she lost control. Authorities said rain might have also played a role.

After crashing into the five-feet-deep water, the woman was able to get out of her SUV and sat on the roof until first responders arrived on the scene.

“We wound up getting her off of the car and the firefighter actually carried her from the top of the roof of the car all the way back out into safety,” Roseville Fire Lt. Michael Roarty told WWJ’s Ron Dewey. “From what we’re told, she’s fine. No injuries, but the potential certainly was there for death or serious injury.”

The woman was transported to a local hospital after complaining about a head injury.

Crews remained on the scene for hours as they removed the woman’s car from the water.

“What they’re doing is they strapped the car in while it was in the middle of the pond and they dragged it through the pond and up on the grass,” WWJ’s Bill Szumanski reported from over the scene in Chopper 950.

The work caused a multi-mile backup on westbound I-94 before the scene was cleared around 7:30 a.m. Police investigated the woman’s car, but said the damage could not provide any evidence of the make of the semi-truck. The woman was also not able to provide a description of the truck.

Michigan State Police say the accident remains under investigation.

For the latest from the roads, stay with WWJ Newsradio 950 during Traffic and Weather on the 8s, 24-hours a day. Check for recent incidents now on the CBS Detroit Traffic Page.

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