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Teen rescued after 18 hours in wrecked SUV

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Photos courtesy of West Hempfield Township Police Department Photos courtesy of West Hempfield Township Police Department
MARIETTA, Pa. (WHTM) -

A Mount Joy woman spent about 18 hours pinned in a crashed SUV before the overturned wreckage was found at the bottom of a 20-foot embankment along a Lancaster County road, police said.

Eighteen-year-old Brooke Spence was headed eastbound on Route 23 and for unknown reasons crossed over the center line and left the roadway before the 2002 Dodge Durango struck a guide wire for an electricity pole and went airborne, according to West Hempfield Township police.

The Dodge went head first into a culvert and flipped onto its roof, pinning Spence in the driver's seat, police said.

Spence crashed sometime between 11 p.m. and 11:30 p.m. Saturday, but it wasn't until after 5 p.m. Sunday that police and EMS crews were notified of the crash along Route 23, locally known as the 4400 block of Marietta Avenue.

Spence was removed from the Durango and transported to Lancaster General Hospital.

Police said the crash went undetected until a witness observed the vehicle from his home and called 911.

The investigation is still ongoing and anyone with information is asked to call West Hempfield Township police at 717-285-5191 or 1-800-957-2677.

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