Kansas rescuers save woman who drove around barricade, car swept away

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EMPORIA, Kan. (AP) -

Rescuers in eastern saved a 19-year-old woman's life after she drove around a barricade and her car was swept away by flood water. 

First responders in Lyon County were called at around 3:15 a.m. Thursday to the report of a woman who was on the roof of her car after it was swept off the roadway at the intersection of roads J and 140, south of Emporia. 

The Lyon County Sheriff's Office says deputies arrived about 20 minutes later and observed the Mazda 6 in a field. The driver was on the roof and was able to communicate. 

Fire and EMS personnel arrived at 3:50 a.m. to perform a water rescue and had the woman back on dry land shortly before 4:15 a.m. She was taken to a local hospital. 

The sheriff's office says the driver went around a barricade and reported she wasn't able to get her car stopped in time to avoid being partially in the water. As soon as she stopped, her car was swept off the road. 

"She was able to remove her phone and climb onto the roof, where she called 911," the sheriff's office says."(Her) phone died between the time she placed the call and first units arrived.  She stayed calm was able to walk out, with assistance. She was issued a citation, for driving around the barricade."

(Related: One lane of Kansas Turnpike reopens after flooding)

Authorities remind drivers to not go around barricades, keep a cellphone readily available and stay with their vehicle, if possible, in the event of an emergency. 

Click here for a list of road closures in Lyon County.