Woman, grandchild rescued from Barrington Hills pond

March 29, 2014 3:32:20 PM PDT
With her grandchild in the back seat, a woman drove her vehicle into a pond Saturday afternoon after she swerved to miss a deer in northwest suburban Barrington Hills.

The 53-year-old woman was travelling eastbound on Palatine Road about 1:30 p.m., when a deer crossed her path, said Barrington Hills Police Officer Eric Stokes. When she swerved to avoid a crash, she lost control of the vehicle, crossed the westbound lanes and ended up driving into a pond between Barrington Road and Route 62, near the Crabtree Forest Preserve.

When rescue crews arrived at the scene, the vehicle was 75 feet off the roadway, in about 4 feet of water, Stokes said.

The woman and a 3-year-old child, thought to be her grandchild, were rescued by the Barrington Countryside Fire Protection District's water rescue team, he said.

Neither the woman, nor the child, were injured, Stokes said. The child was in a car seat at the time of the incident.

It was not immediately known whether any citations were issued as Barrington Hills police investigate.

(Source: Sun-Times Media Wire - Copyright Chicago Sun-Times 2014.)

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