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State troopers save woman after vehicle was partially submerged in standing water

Allyson Andert Photo: DPS
Allyson Andert

March 15, 2019 07:46 AM

Two Minnesota State Patrol troopers saved a 22-year-old woman after she rolled her vehicle, causing it to land on its roof in standing water, according to a release from the Minnesota Department of Public Safety. 

DPS identified the woman as Allyson Andert. 

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The release said Andert was driving on Interstate 35 when she lost control and her vehicle landed on its roof in standing water. 

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"I felt all of this happening. I was panicking and reaching for the seat belt, trying to unbuckle, but I could not," Andert said in a statement released by DPS. "I felt the water getting higher and higher in the pickup truck. It eventually ended up covering my face as I was on my back. I remember trying to free myself as I felt the water and snow covering my body and face." 

Two state troopers and another motorist were able to cut Andert's seatbelt and remove her from the vehicle. 

One of the troopers performed CPR on Andert as she went in and out of consciousness, according to DPS. Once she gained consciousness, she was transported to Regions Hospital. 

"I truly felt I was going to die, but thanks to everyone involved, my mom did not have to get that call that she lost her oldest daughter and first child," Andert said. "I would eventually like to meet the troopers and thank them in person." 

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