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Minn. mother, daughter escape car after plunging into icy river

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A 21-year-old woman from Elko, Minn., and her 23-month-old daughter are lucky to be alive after their vehicle crashed into an icy western Wisconsin river just before 5:40 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 30, KARE 11 reports Daniella L. Overett was westbound on Interstate 94 in Dunn County near Menomonie, Wis., when she fell asleep behind the wheel.

WCCO reports the woman woke up just before her vehicle landed on the ice-covered Red Cedar River and became partially submerged in the water. Overett was able to pull herself and her daughter to safety. Both were taken to the hospital with minor injuries.

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