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Marion, IL woman saved after driving into Ohio River

by Aaron Price
by Aaron Price

9/13/2021 | 1:00 p.m.

PADUCAH - Western Kentucky authorities are investigating after a Marion, Illinois woman intentionally drove a vehicle into the Ohio River overnight in Paducah.

According to the Paducah Police Department, at approximately 2:48 a.m. Monday, officers responded to the Ohio River at the Foot of Kentucky Avenue after a woman drove her car into the Ohio River in an apparent suicide attempt.

A man walking near the foot of Broadway said he heard a vehicle accelerating and saw a car go airborne from the floodwall opening on Kentucky Avenue. The car ran into the river as the man was calling 911.

When officers arrived, they saw the woman, screaming, and the car sinking into the river. As the woman swam toward shore, a nearby barge company launched a small boat and pulled her from the river.

The woman told police she intentionally drove the vehicle into the river in an attempt to kill herself, and officers said she appeared to be having a mental crisis. She was transported to Mercy Health Lourdes Hospital for medical attention and a mental health evaluation.

After talking with the woman and conducting follow-up investigation, Paducah police do not believe there was anyone else in the vehicle when it plunged into the river.

Paducah firefighters and Paducah/McCracken County Emergency Services volunteers remained at the scene at noon today, attempting to locate the submerged vehicle.

The woman was identified as a 21 year-old from Marion, IL. An investigation is ongoing.

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