ATLANTIC CITY — An 88-year-old woman is in critical condition after police pulled her out of a car submerged in the marsh on Route 40 Saturday morning following a rollover crash, police said.
At 8:29 a.m., Atlantic City and Egg Harbor Township officers responded to milepost 61 for a report of a two-car crash, according to a news release from Atlantic City police. While the crash occurred just inside city limits, officers from Egg Harbor Township were initially dispatched.
When Egg Harbor Township Officer Brett Fair arrived, one vehicle was partially submerged in water, police said. Two of the occupants had managed to escape, and they told Fair there was another passenger still inside.
Fair, along with Egg Harbor Township Officer Patrick Daly and Officer Martina Martin, an Atlantic City police officer who had just finished her shift but stopped to assist, went into the water and found the 88-year-old woman in the vehicle with her upper body underwater, police said.
At the time, she was not breathing and had no pulse, but the officers pulled the woman out of the water and began CPR, police said. Egg Harbor Township Officer Katie Cantell assisted with CPR until paramedics arrived.
The woman was revived after officers used an automated external defibrillator, police said. She was taken to AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center, City Campus in Atlantic City.
The crash occurred after a 25-year-old Galloway woman lost control of her car, striking the center divider and then the car in the lane next to her, police said. That car left the road, rolled over and came to rest in the marsh.
The other driver, a 52-year-old man, and the front passenger, a 77-year-old woman, both from Atlantic City, suffered minor injuries, police said, and all the people involved in the crash were taken to AtlantiCare.
Officer Ivan Lopez of Atlantic City’s Accident Investigations Section is leading the investigation into the crash.