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Driver Suffers Medical Issue, Ends Up in Pittsfield Lake

PITTSFIELD -- A woman and her Subaru Forrester ended up fully submerged in a Pittsfield lake, Monday...


It was after 10 a.m. when police say the unidentified female driver suffered medical distress, while headed northbound on Route 100.


The driver then lost control of her Subaru Forrester, which barreled down an embankment, struck a telephone pole, and landed in a lake.


Rescuers showed real heroics coming to the unresponsive driver's aid.


"I swam out, was trying to talk with her ... was trying to break the back window out with my forearm," said Officer Jeff Vanadestine.  "Chief Emery came out with a baton and was able to smash the window out," he said.


According to Vanadestine, the car was fully underwater for three to four minutes, as they worked to free the sole occupant. 


Paramedics performed CPR on the driver once she was safely ashore, before transporting her to Sebasticook Valley Hospital.


The driver's condition is unknown.

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