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Woman shows signs of hypothermia after crash into canal

Published On: Jun 16 2014 01:13:38 PM CDT
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WILLOWS, Calif. -

A Willows woman showed signs of hypothermia and disorientation after her car crashed into a rice field and overturned.

The crash happened Sunday afternoon around 4:30 p.m. on the east bank of the Glenn-Colusa Canal on County Road 45 near County Road P.   An officer found the Ford Expedition overturned.

According to a news release from the CHP, the driver, 35-year-old Heidi Rogers, was found about 200 yards from her SUV.  She was lying in about six inches of water in an irrigation ditch.  Rogers was conscious but disoriented and appeared to show signs of hypothermia.

Rogers was airlifted to Enloe Medical Center for treatment of moderate injuries.

Officers said she had been northbound along the east bank of the Glenn-Colusa Canal when she lost control in a curve.   As the SUV overturned several times, Rogers was ejected from the vehicle.   The vehicle came to rest on the driver's side.

Officers believe Rogers floated on her back down an irrigation ditch until she was found.  The actual time of the crash has not been determined, and remains under investigation.