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Baby rescued after spending 12 hours inside overturned car in frigid river

By Andrew V. Pestano

SPANISH FORK, Utah, March 8 (UPI) -- An 18-month-old girl was rescued on Saturday after spending more than 12 hours inside an overturned car stuck in the frigid temperatures of the Spanish Fork River in Utah.

The baby was found injured in a car seat and and taken to a nearby hospital where she was initially in critical condition. Her mother, a 25-year-old woman, was found dead at the driver's seat.

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A fisherman first discovered the car.

"It was upside down when police officers arrived and located the infant," Lt. Matt Johnson of the Spanish Fork Police Department said. "They tipped the car on its side and were able to get the infant out."

Police said the car may have struck an embankment at the end of the bridge and then went into the river.

Seven rescue officials were taken to a hospital to be treated for hypothermia.

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