A Lincolnton, Ga., woman was taken to an area hospital Friday morning after driving her car off the Little River brige into Clarks Hill Lake.
At about 10 a.m., Emily Hinson was traveling east on Augusta Highway when her 2007 Chrysler PT Cruiser left the road near the Lincoln County end of the bridge, hit a guardrail and went into the lake.
Hinson's injuries do not appear life-threatening, Lincoln County Sheriff Gerald Lawson said at the scene.
Lawson said that while he couldn't speculate on the cause of the wreck, he was told that Hinson managed to roll down a window and swim to shore after her car crashed into the lake.
The investigation, Lawson said, will be turned over to the Georgia State Patrol, which also would be responsible for removing the completely submerged car from the lake.
Lincoln County resident Cynthia Carrolle said she was driving on the bridge shortly after Hinson exited the water.
“She was just sitting there on the rail, and there was a person with a hand on her shoulder,” said Carrolle, who knew Hinson.
About five vehicles had stopped to help Hinson, she said.
The Columbia County Sheriff's Office also assited Lincoln County authorities at the accident scene.