AYER, MASS. (WHDH) - An elderly woman was taken to the hospital Thursday morning after the car she was driving plunged into an icy pond in Ayer.

Emergency crews responding to a report of a car in the water near the Carlton traffic circle just before 7 a.m. found a partially submerged silver sedan, according to the Ayer Fire Department.

Firefighters in survival suits shattered one of the car’s windows and extricated the woman from the frozen, icy water.

“It was cold, our goal was to get her out as quickly and safely as we could,” said Fire Captain Timothy Shea.

The woman is said to have suffered major injuries to her face. She was taken to a local hospital before being transferred to Beth Israel.

Sean Jordan, the driver’s nephew, said the family has no idea how this could have happened.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation.

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