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Woman, infant survive plunge into ravine

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RONAN — A Polson woman and small infant survived a March 10 wreck when a vehicle southbound  on Highway 93 ran off the roadway, over a guardrail, and flipped into the ravine of an animal walkway just north of Ronan.

The driver Stacie Rongwycsik-Lester, 37, was ejected from her vehicle. 

A small infant was pulled from the up-ended car unscathed, according to Montana Highway Patrol Trooper Aaron Day. The infant had been secured in a child safety seat.

Rongwycsik-Lester was placed onto a backboard and carried by a half-dozen emergency workers up the slippery and rocky ravine as raindrops pelted the rescuers.

Rongwycsik-Lester was transported to a Missoula hospital with serious injuries, but was expected to recover, Day said.

Rongwycski-Lester was unconcious when officers tried to interview her at the hospital. Updates on her condition or contributing factors of the crash were unavailable as of press time. 

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