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Woman dies after car overturns, falls into Fawn River

St. Joseph Sheriff 02132021
Posted at 11:42 AM, Feb 25, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-25 11:42:31-05

FLORENCE TOWNSHIP, Mich. — One person is dead after a car was completely submerged in the Fawn River after a crash Thursday morning in St. Joseph County.

It happened about 7:10 a.m. on Constantine Road just north of Mintdale Road, according to the St. Joseph County Sheriff’s Office.

Deputies arrived to find the vehicle off of the bridge, upside down and completely submerged in about seven feet of water.

Constantine fire personnel donned Mustang suits and attempted to rescue the driver, who was found and removed from the vehicle.

The driver, Barbara Melinda Phillips, a 60-year-old woman from Mendon, was transported to Three Rivers Hospital, where she was pronounced deceased.

Phillips was driving a 2007 Jeep Liberty.

Police say she was traveling north on Constantine Road when, for an unknown reason, her vehicle veered off the road to the left and hit the bridge retaining wall.

The vehicle then overturned and landed on its roof in the Fawn River.

St. Joseph County police continue to investigate the cause of the crash.