A driver trapped in a vehicle that landed in a backyard pool in Columbia was rescued early Saturday morning by the Howard County Department of Fire and Rescue Services, a spokesman said.
Rescuers used ladders and rope rigging systems to reach an elderly woman in the car, which had traveled down a 100-foot embankment into a pool in the 6600 block of Carlinda Ave. about 1:30 a.m., according to Battalion Chief Eric D. Proctor.
Her name has not been made public by police.
"Her house has a drive-through carport, and at the end of the carport there's a 100-foot drop," Proctor said. Officials are not sure what caused her to lose control of the vehicle. It could have been a medical emergency, he said.
The woman, who is in her 70s, was conscious but disoriented, and water had risen up to her chest before she was rescued. She was transported to Maryland Shock Trauma Center, he said. Her condition was not known to police Saturday afternoon.