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2 girls rescued after car goes into Zumbro River near Byron

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BYRON, Minn. (KTTC) -- Two girls are lucky to be alive after their car went into the Zumbro River late Friday night. The caretaker who lives at Oxbow Park near Byron said fear was the only emotion he felt, when he saw the car's tail lights in the flooded river.

Olmsted County deputies responded to the caretaker's 911 call at 10:14 p.m. Friday.

The 18-year-old driver and 17-year-old passenger, both of Rochester, were not familiar with the road and turned right into the river instead of left onto County Road 105.

Tim Buri said he heard the girls earlier, and thought it was odd since the park was closed, and not open for visitors. Buri went to check on the park, and said the park trains employees for emergency situations but nothing could prepare him for a situation like this.

"I screamed is there anyone in the car? I didn't get an answer, so I scream again is there anyone in the car? Then I saw the driver coming out of the window. I said get out of the car it's teetering it's going to go in. She crawled over the car, and then I saw the passenger's door open. And she got out and I saw that there was water in the car. And I said get out of the car it's going to wash away," said Buri.

The car was swept away in the water shortly after the girls escaped. Deputies say the Zumbro River was at least 10 to 15 feet deep Friday night. Officials are still looking for the 2006 convertible Ford Mustang. No one was hurt.


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