SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ – A Somerset woman suffered only minor injuries after escaping her car, which was submerged under about 8 feet of water Friday morning, police said.

According to police, Stephanie Trent, 42, of Somerset, was driving her 2013 Honda Accord south on Route 1, near the Islamic Society of Central New Jersey mosque, at 8:30 a.m. when she swerved to the right to avoid a collision in front of her.

The Accord went off the shoulder of the road and struck a fence, then continued into a retention basin, police said.

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Jersey City resident Edgar Yudkin, who was involved in the prior collision, then jumped into the pond and swam out to help Trent get out of the submerged car.

South Brunswick EMS transported Trent to Saint Peter’s University Hospital in New Brunswick for treatment of minor injuries, police said.

Route 1 southbound was slimmed down to only one lane as crews lifted the Accord out of the water and towed it from the scene.