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ALTON, Ill. - A 25-year-old woman was hospitalized after a utility pole fell and landed on her car.

The incident happened around 3:15 p.m. Thursday.

Alton Fire Chief Bernie Sebold says the incident could have been much worse. He says the woman was driving eastbound in the 2200 block of College Avenue near Rock Springs Park when the visibility became close to zero.

"A utility pole and a tree in same location came down and and it's unclear at this time whether it dropped and landed on her car or if it was suspended in the air at a low height and then she drove into it," said Chief Bernie Sebold with the Alton Fire Department.

He says the woman lost control of the car, going down an embankment another 90 feet into a park. The car came to a rest when it hit a small creek bed.

The chief says the debris caused the roof and windshield of the car to cave in. For officials to get the woman from the car they had to cur a portion of the roof off.

Chief Sebold says when they got to her she was semi-conscious and couldn't answer all of their questions.

He says the driver must have had an angel with her. He says her injuries did not appear to be life-threatening and she is expected to recover.

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