(WKTV) - A Lewis County woman escaped serious injury Wednesday after her car became submerged in the Black River Canal, Oneida County Sheriff Robert Maciol said.
According to officials, Anna L. Kraeger, 22, of Port Leyden, was driving a 1995 BMW convertable north on Route 12 in the Village of Boonville when she fell asleep behind the wheel. The car traveled off the east shoulder of the highway, striking a sign post at the entrance to Erwin Park and becoming airborne before skidding across park property.
The car then became airborne again at the banks of the Black River Canal, coming to rest in about five feet of water. Kraeger was able to escape through the passenger window and swam to shore, where bystanders helped her out of the water.
Kraeger was treated by members of Boonville Ambulance and was transported to Lewis County General Hospital for evaluation. Members of the Oneida County Sheriff's Dive Team responded to assist with getting the vehicle out of the canal.
No citations were issued in the accident.