Deputy, police officer team rescue Spanaway woman from canal in Thurston County

Authorities pulled a 30-year-old Spanaway woman from her car early Sunday morning near Yelm after it had slid on ice into a canal and filled with water, according to the Thurston County Sheriff’s Office.

About 2:30 a.m. Sunday, a Thurston County Sheriff’s deputy and a Yelm police officer were dispatched to state Route 507 and Vail Road Southeast where they found the woman’s vehicle in the canal with the driver-side door pinned against a steep embankment.

The woman was unable to get out of the vehicle, so the deputy held onto the police officer while the officer broke the vehicle’s back window with his police baton, according to a news release.

The driver then climbed through the back window and was rescued just as the vehicle slid all the way into the canal.

She was later taken to Providence St. Peter Hospital for minor injuries and exposure to the cold.

Centralia hydroelectric was notified about the vehicle in the canal, according to the news release, and was set to have it removed during daylight hours.