Colorado Bureau of Investigation agents are investigating a possible child abuse incident in which a woman drove her SUV carrying two young daughters into the Arkansas River on Sunday.
The girls and the mother were all hospitalized with serious injuries, according to a news release by Audrey Simkins, spokeswoman for the Colorado Bureau of Investigation.
The name of the woman under investigation for possible child abuse has not been released. No charges have been filed in the case.
The girls, ages 8 and 10, were rescued from inside the SUV in the river. The mother was already out of the vehicle at that time, the news release says.
CBI was asked to help Southern Colorado law enforcement agencies to investigate the alleged child abuse case and car crash that sent two young Manzanola girls to the hospital.
The mother was allegedly driving north on Colorado State Highway 207 near Manzanola, which is 50 miles east of Pueblo, when she approached the Arkansas River Bridge.
“The vehicle left the roadway and landed in the Arkansas River,” the news release says.
A passerby called 911 and emergency workers rescued the two girls from the SUV. The female driver was found outside of the vehicle.
The mother and two girls are expected to survive their injuries.
Otero County Sheriff’s Office deputies, Manzanola’s marshal, and investigators from the 16th Judicial District Attorney’s Office are investigating to determine the events leading up to the traffic crash, the news release says.