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Mar 11, 2010 12:56 PM

Woman rescued after car plows off SoCal bridge

LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) - Authorities now say a woman pulled from the water after a car plowed off a Long Beach bridge is alive.

Early reports from the Fire Department said divers pulled a body from the murky Los Angeles River channel. However, Long Beach firefighter Joshua Johnson says the 23-year-old woman is hospitalized in unknown condition and her family is with her.

Johnson says the woman was in a small sport utility vehicle that smashed through a guardrail on an Interstate 710 bridge at Seventh Street shortly after 7:30 a.m. Thursday.

Johnson says the car plunged about 20 to 30 feet off the bridge and sank in 10 to 15 feet of water.

Divers pulled the woman out of the water about a half-hour later.

Authorities initially thought two other people might be in the car but Johnson says she was alone.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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