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Driver rescued after car plunges off Wal-Mart embankment in Cottage Grove

A tow truck removes a car from a drainage pond near Wal-Mart in Cottage Grove. The vehicle was driven through the parking lot fence and over the embankment. Submitted photo1 / 2
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Cottage Grove

Police said a Woodbury man avoided serious injuries when he drove a vehicle over an embankment and into a drainage pond near Wal-Mart in Cottage Grove.

The incident happened shortly after 2:30 p.m. Sunday. According to police, the 74-year-old man was test-driving a vehicle when he drove through a fence in the store parking lot. The vehicle went over the roughly 8-foot embankment, landing in the pond along East Point Douglas Road.

Bystanders helped pull the man from the vehicle, and police then assisted the bystanders out of the water.

First responders lifted the man in a basket-like stretcher over the retaining wall. He was transported to Regions Hospital in St. Paul as a precaution.

The driver did not remember anything after he hit the gas pedal, according to the report.

The submerged vehicle was removed from the pond Monday.

Scott Wente

Scott Wente has been editor at the South Washington County Bulletin since 2011. He worked as a reporter at other Forum Communications newspapers from 2003 to 2011.

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