Angola Woman Trapped In Car Underwater

April 4, 2011 Updated Apr 4, 2011 at 6:57 PM EDT

By Jennifer Stanonis

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April 4, 2011 Updated Apr 4, 2011 at 6:57 PM EDT

TOWN OF BRANT, NY (WKBW) -- A woman is safe after she crashed her car into a small lake, thanks to the help of three good samaritans who dove into the cold waters to pull the trapped victim to safety.

65 year old Cruz Lebron from Angola was driving westbound on Route 438 near Versailles Plank Road on the Cattaraugus Indian Territory during Sunday afternoon. At the curve her car kept going straight and went off the road, flipping and landing upside down in a small lake.

Soon after, three people were driving by and saw the car mostly submerged in water. They ran to help the victim who was trapped in her vehicle. "With the work of all three of them they were able to get the doors open to unbuckle her...they pulled her out, brought her up on shore," Sergeant Joseph Belden, with the Erie County Sheriff's Office, said. "She was unconscious at the time and unresponsive. First AID showed up shortly thereafter, they were able to revive her at the scene and then she went by Mercy Flight to Erie County Medical Center."

The Hamburg Water Rescue Team was called in to search the vehicle and small lake to make sure there weren't any other victims. The cause of the crash is being investigated. "It could be possibly a medical issue but we're not sure of that, could've just been a distraction...it was just she could not make the curve and just kept going straight," Sergeant Belden said.

The driver was still listed in critical condition Monday evening in the Trauma Intensive Care Unit at Erie County Medical Center. She's mostly being treated for hypothermia