The body of a Glen Carbon woman was pulled Thursday from Silver Lake near Highland, a few hours after a paramedic rescued a baby from her partially-submerged vehicle.
The body of the driver, Cristy Campbell, 32, of Glen Carbon, was pulled from the lake about 1:15 p.m. Her vehicle went into the water while firefighters were battling a blaze at her home, which resulted in one fatality.
The vehicle went into Highland Silver Lake at about 5:30 a.m. Thursday near Illinois 143, which runs along the dam’s edge.
A paramedic jumped into the lake and pulled the baby from the vehicle. The baby then was flown to a St. Louis hospital. The baby was expected to be released from the hospital on Friday, according to authorities.
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The Madison County Sheriff’s Department was handling the crash, which authorities believe is connected to the fatal house fire in Glen Carbon.
The vehicle apparently went around a house and then into a lake. A passerby noticed the vehicle’s lights and called 911.
Illinois Department of Natural Resources officers with a sonar-equipped boat were called to search the lake. Police officers with dogs swept the nearby woods as well.
Crews were able to pull the vehicle from the lake. The sport-utility vehicle appeared to be a silver or gray Nissan Armada.
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Curt Libbra: 618-654-2366, ext 21