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Girl, 4, dies after car she was in rolls into Flaming Gorge

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Posted at 1:04 PM, Nov 16, 2014
and last updated 2014-11-16 15:06:47-05

SWEETWATER COUNTY, Wyo. — The body of a 4-year-old girl was recovered from Flaming Gorge Saturday after the vehicle she was in rolled into the water, according to Wyoming officials Sunday.

At approximately 4 p.m. on Saturday, the car with the child inside it had gone into Flaming Gorge on the Wyoming side where the U.S. Forest Service 50 Road meets the waterline, about 14 miles south of Green River, according to a press release from Sweetwater County Sheriff’s Office.

A dive team recovered the girl’s body from inside a Jeep Wrangler about 15 feet under water.

Witnesses told deputies the child was included in a group of four people that was fishing from the bank.

According to the release, the jeep was parked back from the shoreline when it rolled into the water with the girl inside it. It is unknown how far the car was from the shoreline or what caused it to roll.

Witnesses told deputies that a member of the group attempted to stop the car and was injured in the process.

The group hiked to an area where they were able to contact emergency crews.

The sheriff’s office along with Castle Rock Ambulance of Green River, Green River Fire Department, the U.S. Forest Service, a helicopter from the University of Utah Medical Center and the Sweetwater Dive Team responded to the scene.

An autopsy has been scheduled for Tuesday.

The child’s name has not been released at this time pending notification of the family.