Margaret Moran

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August 13, 2014
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Woman looking at cellphone before crashing into Truckee River

TAHOE CITY, Calif. — A Northern California woman was rescued from the Truckee River when the vehicle she was driving went off road and crashed into its waters early Wednesday, officials said.

At about 6:48 a.m., personnel from Squaw Valley Fire Department, North Tahoe Fire Protection District and Truckee Fire responded to the scene on Highway 89 south at Granite Flat.

Placer County Sheriff’s Office and California Highway Patrol officials were also on scene, said Squaw Valley Fire Chief Pete Bansen.

According to CHP, Grace Contro, 66, of Sausalito, Calif., was driving her 2015 BMW X1 southbound at 55 mph when she allowed the vehicle to drift across the double yellow lines, into the northbound lane and off the roadway.

The vehicle struck a mile post marker before continuing down an embankment. The left side of the vehicle hit a tree, and the BMW overturned down the embankment before landing on its wheels in the Truckee River.

Contro complained of pain and was transported to Tahoe Forest Hospital, according to CHP.

Contro told officials she was looking at a map on her cellphone at the time of the crash. Alcohol and/or drugs are not a suspected factor in the accident.

The cause of the collision is under investigation. No other vehicles or individuals were involved.

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Tahoe Daily Tribune Updated Aug 15, 2014 09:31AM Published Aug 13, 2014 03:43PM Copyright 2014 Tahoe Daily Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.