Crews Pull Car out of Water; Driver Found Dead Inside

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YOLO COUNTY–

Authorities have retrieved the car that crashed into the Sacramento River Wednesday morning, finding the driver’s body dead inside.

The car she was driving was found about a quarter a mile away from where in entered the water. It has not been taken out of the water yet.

Reportedly, the woman was having car problems before she crashed into the river.

She was on the phone with emergency dispatchers for nearly 10 minutes, reporting that she had crashed her car and couldn’t get out. Authorities say that a language barrier slowed down response efforts.

Family identified the woman as 57-year-old Mussarat Chaudhary. They say she was a safe driver and was on her way home from work at Cache Creek Casino and Resort when she crashed into the water. Recovery efforts have concentrated due south of the Sacramento International Airport along Old River Road.

Cecilio Padilla contributed to this report.

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