Car Wash Worker, Patron Rescue Woman Who Drives Into River

Elizabeth Moore says the wheel locked and when she tried to change gears, the car charged forward

By Lori Bordonaro
|  Monday, Jul 23, 2012  |  Updated 1:58 PM EDT
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The woman who drove her vehicle into a New Jersey river by accident as she left a car wash calls the men who jumped into the water to rescue her

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The woman who drove her vehicle into a New Jersey river by accident as she left a car wash calls the men who jumped into the water to rescue her "heroes."

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The woman who accidentally drove her vehicle into a New Jersey river as she left a car wash calls the men who jumped into the water to rescue her "heroes."

Police believe Elizabeth Moore hit the gas instead of the brake as she left Spotless Auto Laundry Sunday, sending her vehicle into the Hackensack River.

An employee and a customer at the car wash jumped into the water to help her.  

Moore tells NBC 4 New York she was waiting in line to get her car vacuumed after the wash and went to turn the wheel. The wheel froze, Moore said, and when she tried to change gears, the car plowed forward through a chain and into the river.

Moore said she opened the window partially from the inside to push herself out but turned back for her pocketbook. Then her rescuers arrived and pulled her out through the window.

She was taken to the hospital. A tow truck retrieved her vehicle from the water.

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