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8:17 PM, Dec 29, 2012   |    comments
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St. Louis, MO (KSDK) -- A snowy Saturday got off to a rough start for many.

There were dozens of accidents all over the St. Louis area, including south St. Louis where firefighters had to rescue a woman and three children after their car slid into the icy River Des Peres.

It happened Saturday morning around 9 AM on River Des Peres Boulevard near Chippewa.

Firefighters say their SUV hit an icy patch while they were driving by the bridge. St. Louis Fire Chief Dennis Jenkerson said a six, slid off the embankment and fell about 75 feet into two feet of water, landing upside down.

Within two minutes first responders were on scene. Half an hour later everyone was out of the vehicle.

Chief Jenkerson says they were all in good shape. The mother had some bumps and bruises on her head. She was transported to the hospital. Her children were also taken to the hospital as a precaution.

Chief Jenkerson says the outcome could have been worse if it wasn't for their quick response and the fact that everyone was wearing a seatbelt.

"This is one of those small miracles everyone hopes for where a very drastic situation occurs and because of the closeness of the first responders, fire and EMS, everything turned out real good. It's a good way to start off the new year," said Chief Jenkerson.

KSDK

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