At about 3:10 p.m., the troopers responded to a report of a motorist trapped in a vehicle in rising waters. Trooper David Martinelle was off-duty, traveling home from a day's work at the State Police barracks in Newbury when he heard the radio call and went to assist, said Sergeant Michael Popovics, a State Police spokesman. Martinelle was joined at the scene by Troopers Patrick Ahl and Robert O'Neil.
Upon arrival, the troopers found a young woman trapped in a Nissan sedan in a ravine on the side of Interstate 95 southbound near the Danvers-Peabody line.
Ahl said the trio were initially going to wait for the fire department to respond, but after noting the rapidly rising water, they decided to take action.
"The vehicle was about 10 to 15 feet into a gully on the side of the road," Ahl said. "We went right into the water, it was waist-high at first and then got up to our necks."
When they reached the car, Ahl said he could see the water rising fast inside the vehicle. Using a small hammer, he smashed the passenger-side window and the group pulled her to safety, he said.
The 28-year-old woman was treated by EMS personnel at the scene, before being transported to Lynn Union Hospital. Further details on her condition were unavailable tonight, but Ahl said her injuries appeared minor.
Ahl, who said this was his first water rescue, was happy with the outcome of the incident. "It went pretty smoothly," he said. "It feels good to help someone, to put our training to use."
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