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Woman feared dead after rollover

A 43-year-old woman was feared dead Monday night after her car crashed and flipped into an irrigation ditch along North Foothill Road, trapping the woman underwater, authorities said.

The unidentified woman spent as long as 45 minutes pinned inside the wreckage and submerged in the Medford Irrigation District canal before her small compact car was discovered, Medford police Sgt. Bob Sergi said.

Rescue crews pulled the woman's unconscious body from the canal, police said.

There were no witnesses to, or other vehicles involved in, the crash along North Foothill Road about halfway between the Lone Pine Road and Cedar Links Drive interchanges, Sergi said.

The wreckage was discovered at about 10 p.m. by a family member who went looking for the woman when she failed to return home as expected, Sergi said.

Based on when she last had telephone contact with a family member, "she could have been in the water as long as 45 minutes, but we're not sure," Sergi said.

Sergi said the woman was not pronounced dead at the scene, though emergency crews at the scene told police they could not find vital signs after trying to revive her.

She was taken by ambulance to an unidentified Medford hospital, but no information on her condition was available late Monday.

Northbound and southbound traffic on North Foothill Road was diverted down Cedar Links Drive and Lone Pine Road deep into the night as an police accident reconstruction team was called to the scene.

Sergi declined to say where police believe the woman was prior to the wreck.