MACON COUNTY, Mo. — A witness is said to have pulled out a driver who crashed into the Chariton River Friday morning.

Highway Patrol reports 59-year-old Stephanie Bressen of Springfield, Ill. drove off the left side of Highway 36 and into the river around noon Friday.

An unidentified passerby saw the crash and pulled Bressen out of the river as the vehicle was sinking.

She was taken to Samaritan Hospital in Macon for treatment of serious injuries.