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Unoccupied car plunges into Molalla River

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MOLALLA FIRE DISTRICT - An unidentified woman's car caught in the rapids of the Molalla River Monday after she accidentally bumped the gear shift while reaching into her car, and the car shot into the river.
A car belonging to an unidentified woman slid into the Molalla River on the night of Sunday, Dec. 11 after the driver accidentally switched the car into gear while it was parked.

The driver was not inside the vehicle at the time, and there were no injuries involved.

Molalla Fire Chief Vince Stafford said the woman had driven about five miles up the Molalla River corridor to collect cans, and left running because of the cold temperatures.

The car was parked beside the river when she reached into the driver’s seat, accidently bumped the gear shift, and away it went.

Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office, Molalla Police Department, and Molalla Fire District all assisted at the scene.

The woman’s name was not available at press time.