A local woman was hospitalized after an accident during Thursday’s snowstorm in which her vehicle ended up in a river in Marion Township.

The Howell woman was able to escape her partially submerged vehicle after it plunged into the Red Cedar River on Norton Road near Cedar Lake Road. Michigan State Police Assistant Brighton Post Commander Lt. Mario Gonzales says the woman’s small SUV went off the road, struck a tree and careened into the river just before noon. Gonzales says rescuers were able to bust out a rear window and free the 56-year-old woman.

The woman was taken to Saint Joseph Mercy Livingston Hospital in Howell to be checked out for what were termed very minor injuries. (TT/JM)