A New Jersey woman was rescued after her car careened through a guardrail from the West Side Highway and landed in the Hudson River this morning.

The accident happened just after 10 a.m. today. According to reports, the woman driving the car got into a minor car accident on the West Side Highway, which caused her vehicle to skid off the road and onto a service road at 96th Street. From there, her car tore through a fence and plunged in to the Hudson River.

The woman somehow managed to get out of the car after it hit the water, an FDNY spokesman said.

“I’m not sure if she was hit, or how it happened,” he added.


The woman, still conscious, was in the icy Hudson River when an Emergency Service Unit detective jumped into the water to save her. He pulled her to shore at 96th Street.

FDNY officials said the woman, 42, was taken to the hospital in stable condition. The Daily News is reporting she was upset over family issues.

The car was pulled out of the water before it sunk. The FDNY briefly searched for a second reported person in the water, but fire officials later said the woman was the only person in the car.

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