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2 saved in Monroe, one from icy waters

Updated 5:57 pm, Saturday, January 5, 2013
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MONROE -- A serious two-car accident trapped one driver in her SUV in icy water late Friday, Monroe fire officials said.

Another driver in a separate car was pinned against the wheel of his sedan, just feet from the Pequonnock River. There were also reports of possibly a second victim submerged in the water, prompting a massive response of volunteer firefighters from the Stepney, Monroe, and Stevenson fire departments along with Monroe police and EMS, fire officials said.

The accident occurred on Main Street near Knollwood Drive shortly after 11 p.m. Kevin Catalano, spokesman for the Monroe Volunteer Fire Department, said first responders found a chaotic scene, with the SUV in the water with a woman clinging to it, and a second vehicle, a sedan, off the road with the driver pinned behind the wheel. The sedan was located about 10 feet from the water on the other side on Main Street. "

One crew of firefighters, EMS, and police officers worked to extricate the driver of the sedan, removing the doors and roof, and spreading the dashboard to free her. Meanwhile, a second crew of firefighters, EMS, and police worked to rescue the driver of the SUV from the water and searched the water for other victims. Seven volunteer firefighters donned ice water rescue suits to search the water, while others on land used thermal imaging cameras to check for potential victims. After about 40 minutes of searching, it was determined that there were no others in the water.

Both patients, who were not identified, were transported to area hospitals and the extent of their injuries is not known.

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