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Mother dies after ATV carrying family submerges in water in Pennsylvania

Jamie Uchic, 37, drowned accidentally, the coroner's office said.
/ Source: Associated Press

A mother riding an all-terrain vehicle with her family died Saturday when it submerged in water, Pennsylvania authorities said.

Jamie Uchic, 37, of Jermyn, Pennsylvania, drowning accidentally at Aylesworth Park, the Lackawanna County Coroner’s Office said Monday.

The park is in Archbald, about 115 miles northwest of Newark, New Jersey.

Archbald Police Chief Tim Trently said what appeared to be a puddle was actually 4 to 5 feet deep, causing the vehicle to roll over in the water.

Trently said the woman was riding with her family. Her husband rescued their children but was unable to free his wife.

The Times-Tribune of Scranton reported the family’s two children were riding alongside their parents Saturday afternoon on private property in an area that is frequented by ATV riders.

Archbald police did not immediately respond to requests for comment Monday.

After the crash, the man and his children made a long trek on difficult terrain to seek help, and Trently said it was about 45 minutes before crews began responding.

None of Uchic’s relatives could be reached for comment.