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Crash witnesses rescue couple from canal

Several Good Samaritans came to the rescue of a Hughson couple after their car crashed into a canal Thursday.

Shortly around 4:30 p.m. Thursday Linda Boggeri, 67, was driving her 2001 Chrysler Town and Country eastbound on Hatch Road, with her husband, Mike Boggeri, 74.

The vehicle was stopped in a line of traffic west of Santa Fe Avenue. The vehicles in front of the Chrysler started to move, but for an unknown reason Linda Boggeri made an immediate turn to the right and accelerated rapidly, according to the California Highway Patrol.

The CHP reported the Linda Boggeri continued driving the vehicle in a southeasterly direction, directly into the Ceres Main Canal.

Several individuals witnessed the crash and stopped to offer assistance. One man dove into the canal as the Chrysler was sinking and helped Linda Boggeri out of the vehicle as it took on more water.

The same man, along with help from others, worked to remove Mike Boggeri, who was strapped into a wheelchair and was unable to move from the front passenger seat of the Chrysler, the CHP reported.

The Good Samaritans got the husband and wife safely out of the vehicle and to the canal bank. The couple escaped the crash with only minor injuries, according to the CHP.

Many of those involved in the rescue left the scene when the first responders arrived, so their identities are unknown.

Linda Boggeri told the CHP she thought she might have suffered some type of medical issue that caused her to drive off the roadway and into the canal.