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Marion woman rescued from Ohio River

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PADUCAH (WSIL) -- Multiple agencies responded early Monday after reports of a vehicle driving into the Ohio River.

A man walking near the foot of Broadway in Paducah just before 3 a.m., said he heard a vehicle accelerating and saw a car go airborne from the floodwall opening on Kentucky Avenue. The car ran into the river as the man was calling 911.

When officers arrived, they saw a woman, 21 from Marion, IL, screaming and the car sinking into the river. As she swam toward the shore, a nearby barge company launched a small boat and pulled her from the river.

The woman told police she intentionally drove the vehicle into the river in an attempt to kill herself, and officers said she appeared to be having a mental crisis. She was transported to Mercy Health Lourdes Hospital for medical attention and a mental health evaluation.

After talking with the woman and conducting follow-up investigation, Paducah police do not believe there was anyone else in the vehicle when it plunged into the river. Paducah firefighters and Paducah/McCracken County Emergency Services volunteers remained at the scene at noon Monday, attempting to locate the submerged vehicle.

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