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Tara Strong stood on State Road 39 this morning with a blanket wrapped around here, extremely thankful for being there. 

“I thank God I’m here,” said Strong, of Salem.

Her White Toyota Corolla left the road about 9:20a and slid into a ditch filled with about 2 feet of water.  

“When I called 911, I was screaming and a mess,” she said.

The sense of urgency could also be heard in the 911 dispatcher’s voice when she toned out the Washington County Sheriff’s Department and Gibson Township First Responders were toned out at 9:35a. 

According to Washington County Deputy Sheriff Brent Miller, the vehicle was traveling south on SR 39 when it left the road and drove into the ditch. 

Miller pointed out that the vehicle had drove up on the west bank of the ditch and then came to rest in the bottom of the ditch. 

He noted it was extremely lucky the vehicle did not flip over on its roof. 

Strong said she crawled out the window, past a Cross hanging on her rear view mirror.

One of the family members noted the Cross and said to Strong, “You know who was with you?!!”