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RICE, Minn. (AP) — A couple of Good Samaritans have rescued a Minnesota woman and her 4-year-old daughter from a car wreck.

Benton County Sheriff Brad Bennett says 26-year-old Gretchen Wolbeck of Rice was driving with her daughter Tuesday when their car went off the road and into a creek, where it rolled onto its roof.

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The car was in up to 3 feet of water with both mother and child still inside. But before rescue crews arrived, Wolbeck and her daughter were saved by two passers-by who used a piece of lumber to break a window.

WJON-AM (http://bit.ly/vKihgg) reports one of the rescuers is 21-year-old Craig Harden of Rice. The other person left the scene before deputies could identify him.

Both Wolbeck and her daughter were taken to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

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Information from: WJON-AM, http://www.wjon.com

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.

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