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Passersby Rescue Family From Creek

March 2, 2000

BALLSTON, N.Y. (AP) _ Passers-by who watched as a car plunged into a creek rushed to save a 9-month-old baby as frigid water gushed through the partly submerged vehicle.

Cassidy Hale wasn’t breathing and the rescuers started CPR. Emergency crews arrived minutes later, revived the child and flew her to Albany Medical Center Hospital.

The girl’s father, Clarence C. Hale, 29, was treated for facial injuries and hypothermia. Cassidy’s mother, Connie L. Delaney, 23, was treated for a broken leg and hypothermia, police said.

Cassidy was in fair condition and being treated for hypothermia. All were expected to be released today.

Police said Clarence Hale was behind the wheel when the 1972 Chevrolet crashed through a guardrail, hit an embankment, became airborne and struck several trees before it became partly submerged in a rural part of Saratoga County about 25 miles north of Albany.

Police said diabetes-related health problems of the driver may have contributed to the crash. No charges were filed.

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