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Responders investigate wreck that left car submerged in Lake Guntersville

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GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) -- Responders are working to find out the details behind a crash that left one car submerged in Lake Guntersville.

"We had a report of someone on the bank yelling for help," Guntersville Fire and Rescue Captain Brian Walls says. "We didn't know exactly what we had until we got there."

Captain Walls responded with Guntersville Fire and Rescue early Sunday morning. The scene was at U.S. Highway 431 near Cathedral Caverns Highway. "The vehicle ran off the highway and actually landed in the lake itself," Captain Walls says, "We had one patient, she was actually laying on the bank."

Officials say the driver, whose name hasn't been released, was able to get out of the car and had been calling for help. Someone across the way heard her. Fire and Rescue used rope systems to get the driver back up on the embankment.

Fuel from the car spilled into the water. Officials say it was a small amount and it was contained quickly. Other agencies responded to help with containing the fuel.

As for what happened, law enforcement officials are piecing together those parts. "We don't know why she wrecked, all we know is the vehicle left the roadway, hit the guard rail and went over the embankment," Captain Walls says,"We're estimating about 30 feet down."

A towing company was able to get the car out of the water.