Firefighter assisted a woman out of the water after she drove her car into the retention pond along the curve on Tri State Parkway east of Lakeside Drive in Gurnee Thursday morning. | Provided Photos

Firefighters assisted a driver from her car to the shore after she drove off the roadway into a pond in Gurnee and the vehicle became submerged.

The Gurnee Fire Department responded around 6:15 a.m. Thursday to the area of 1350 Tri State Parkway in Gurnee for a report of a vehicle crash.

Officers arrived on the scene and reported a car into the retention pond.

A female driver was out of the car and sitting on top of the vehicle, which was sinking and almost fully submerged.

Officials said the woman remained on top of the car until firefighters arrived.

Firefighters put on wet exposure suits and swam out to the vehicle where they made contact with the driver, officials said.

The driver was given a life jacket and safely escorted back to shore.

Firefighters remained on the scene to assist the towing company that arrived to remove the vehicle.

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