Officials Find Overturned Car in River, Driver in Critical Condition

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A motorist was life-flighted to a hospital after the car she was driving was found overturned in the Chariton River in Appanoose County.

29-year-old Samantha Castillo of Centerville was transported to MercyOne Des Moines Medical Center where she is in critical condition.

The Appanoose County Sheriff’s Office says on Monday morning around 5, Castillo was driving a 2017 Chevrolet Equinox west on Highway 2 when her vehicle left the roadway on the south side of the highway, entered a ditch, slammed into a tree, and came to rest upside down in the body of water.  

Officials received a report of the accident at approximately 7:14 Monday morning.

The crash remains under investigation by the Iowa State Patrol.

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