LOWELL (FOX 25 / MyFoxBoston.com) – A woman is dead after being rescued from a car that crashed through a guardrail into the Concord River early Monday morning.
Lowell police and fire officials responded to the Lawrence Street Bridge over the Concord River at 6:08 a.m. When they arrived at the scene, they found a car which had gone through the railing and plunged into the river.
Witnesses told FOX 25 the car hit the jersey barriers on one side of the bridge before careening across the roadway and through the guardrail on the opposite side.
Lowell firefighters went into the water to try to rescue the victim, who was identified by family members as Colleen Luther, of Lowell. Officials said she was trapped in the car for about 90 minutes. She was removed from the car and rushed to Lowell General Hospital, where she was pronounced dead just after 8 a.m.
One firefighter was taken to the hospital with hypothermia.
The crash remains under investigation. Investigators were trying to determine if sun glare may have been a factor.
Police say the rescue was difficult due to cold water and poor visibility.
The bridge was closed on Lawrence Street from Billerica Street to Moore Street, but has since reopened.