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Minnesota State Patrol trooper Cory Johnson recounts how he and trooper Brian Schwartz, left, helped save the life of a motorist Wednesday night when her pickup truck flipped into a holding pond on Interstate 35 in Wyoming. Johnson and Schwartz took part in a Thursday news conference in St. Paul. Nick Woltman / St. Paul Pioneer Press1 / 2
Allyson Andert. Submitted photo2 / 2

WYOMING, Minn. — A pair of Minnesota State Patrol troopers used CPR to revive a Centerville woman who nearly drowned Wednesday night, March 13, when her pickup truck flipped into a holding pond on Interstate 35 in Wyoming.

Allyson Andert, 22, was driving home from a friend’s house about 10 p.m. when her pickup hydroplaned on southbound I-35 at County Road 8, flipping over a barrier and landing in 2 feet of water, according to the State Patrol.

“I was panicking and reaching for the seat belt, trying to unbuckle, but I could not,” Andert said in a statement provided by the State Patrol. “I remember trying to free myself as I felt the water and snow covering my body and face. …The reason I kept fighting is because I didn’t want my mom to get the call I was dead, and I kept fighting for her.”

A witness called 911, and troopers Cory Johnson and Brian Schwartz arrived minutes later to find Andert unconscious in her vehicle.

A bystander used Johnson’s pocket knife to cut Andert’s seat belt, and the troopers were able to pull her through the driver’s side window, which broke during the crash.

The troopers began CPR on a nearby snowbank. After their first set of chest compressions, Andert coughed up some water but again stopped breathing. It took a second set of compressions to get her breathing on her own.

“Once she started breathing on her own and she spit up the water it was definitely a relief,” Johnson said during a Thursday news conference. “CPR works. You just have to utilize it properly.”

Andert was taken to St. Paul’s Regions Hospital in stable condition. She was later released.

“I truly felt I was going to die, but thanks to everyone involved, my mom did not have to get that call that she lost her oldest daughter and first child,” Andert said in her statement. She also thanked the bystander who called 911 and the troopers for “not viewing me as a lost cause.”

Col. Matt Langer, chief of the Minnesota State Patrol, urged motorists to use caution as rain and melting snow create dangerous driving conditions.

“Don’t take risks,” he said. “Slow down and watch for that water.”