REDMOND, OR -- A driver was rescued from a canal north of Redmond, early Tuesday morning, after her vehicle crashed through a guardrail on Highway 97. According to Redmond Fire and Rescue, the car plummeted 20 feet into a fast-moving Central Oregon Irrigation District (COID) canal just after 5 a.m. She reportedly lost control while trying to avoid a hitting a deer.
When fire crews arrived, they found the vehicle partially submerged. They were able to get her out of the car and she was transported to St. Charles Redmond by ambulance. The southbound lanes of Highway 97 were closed for a short time to allow for the rescue operation.