A 24-year-old St. Martin woman saved herself and her nine-month-old daughter from drowning Tuesday after losing control of her car on an icy road south of Albany and landing in a water-filled ditch.
Theresa Booth was driving on Stearns County Road 10 about 5:40 a.m. when she hit ice and the car left the road and plunged into the ditch that had filled with water from the flooded Sauk River.
Booth says she first had to unbuckle her own seatbelt, then climbed into the back seat to get her daughter out of her car seat. Booth says the water was up to her neck when she got out of the car, so she held her daughter above her head and walked about 30 yards to shore.
A passing motorist helped Booth as she made it to shore.
Mother and daughter were taken to Albany hospital, where they were treated and released.
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