Driver survives 50-foot plunge off bridge


SAN DIEGO — A woman was able to walk away after her car plunged 50 feet off a bridge and landed in the San Diego River Wednesday morning.

Shortly before 6:30 a.m., a big rig collided with the car on westbound state Route 52, just east of Mast Boulevard near Santee.

William Sarmento was one of three bystanders who rushed to the car to help. They cut the seatbelts and used a bar to break the windows open.

“Thankfully … she fell on the passenger’s side cause if it was on the driver’s side, that water would’ve been up to her head,” Sarmento said.

The driver of the car got herself out of the vehicle and was taken to a hospital, San Diego Fire-Rescue Department Battalion Chief Dave Seneviratne said. The extent of her injuries was not known.

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