Pickup truck crashes into canal in Bard area

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Winterhaven Fire Department emergency personnel extend a ladder to a woman sitting on top of the left rear tire of her pickup Friday morning after the truck slid into an Imperial Irrigation District canal west of the intersection of York Road and Mehring Road in Bard. The woman crawled across the ladder to safety. She was later transported to Yuma Regional Medical Center by Rural/Metro Ambulance. The crash is under investigation.
Winterhaven Fire Department emergency personnel extend a ladder to a woman sitting on top of the left rear tire of her pickup Friday morning after the truck slid into an Imperial Irrigation District canal west of the intersection of York Road and Mehring Road in Bard. The woman crawled across the ladder to safety. She was later transported to Yuma Regional Medical Center by Rural/Metro Ambulance. The crash is under investigation.

WINTERHAVEN – According to the Yuma Sun, a woman was transported to a hospital Friday morning after the pickup truck she was driving crashed into a canal in the Bard area.

Shortly before 10 a.m., the woman was driving a dark blue 2012 Dodge Ram pickup truck east on a dirt canal access road west of the intersection of York Road and Mehring Road.

She reportedly lost control of the vehicle and went over the embankment into the canal.

The truck came to a rest in the water on its passenger side.

The woman was able to crawl out of the driver’s side window and sat on the truck’s left rear tire awaiting emergency personnel.

California Highway Patrol officers, Imperial County Sheriff’s Office deputies and firefighters with the Winterhaven Fire Department responded to the scene.

539238bdbe0d3.imageOnce on scene, firefighters extended a ladder from the bank spanning the canal to the truck to allow the woman to cross over the water. She was aided by a firefighter standing in the water beneath her who secured the ladder while she crossed over.

The woman, whose identity has not been released to the public, was then transported to Yuma Regional Medical Center to receive treatment for minor injuries. No other injuries were reported.

The woman has not been cited because the incident happened on private property. The truck was pulled out of the canal by Jimbo’s 24-Hour Towing of Winterhaven.