LODI, N.J. -- The 17-year-old driver of a Jeep that rolled into the Saddle River in Lodi after it was struck from behind Thursday afternoon was home several hours later -- a bit rattled but no worse for wear, her mother said.
Kailyn Anderson was "a little shaken up and scared" but otherwise physically OK, Jocelyn Anderson said after she was discharged from Hackensack University Medical Center around 8 p.m. Thursday.
The Jeep Patriot rolled three times down a ravine before landing wheels-down in the river, Anderson told Daily Voice from the HUMC emergency room.
Witnesses told Daily Voice the Jeep was rear-ended by another car outside the Boys and Girls Club of Lodi on Passaic Street, sending it barreling down the ravine before it landed right-side-up.
"My brother is a police officer, and he said that's what Jeeps do when the mechanism works right," Anderson said. "Thank God she had air bags deployed and they were able to get her out."
An emergency responder rushed down and helped Kailyn out of the vehicle, she said.
"Thank you all for your prayers and all your love," the grateful mother wrote on Facebook, adding thanks to Lodi police, firefighters and EMS workers."I hope the person who hit her is OK mentally as well. Prayers to her as well," she added. "I'm sure she didn't want this to happen."
Belfi's Auto Body got the Jeep out ( see videos, photos above ).
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