A teenage girl was taken to hospital with serious injuries after the car she was driving went into the Tay River in Perth Friday morning.

Lanark County OPP said they were called to Riverside Drive in Perth around 10:50 a.m., where a vehicle driven by a 17-year-old girl had left the road and landed in the Tay River.

They said a Drummond/North Elmsley Tay Valley firefighter, an off-duty paramedic from Renfrew and two bystanders helped get her out of the submerged vehicle.

That off-duty paramedic, Robert Dodge, told CBC News that he was in Perth picking up some radio equipment when he came across the crash.

He said two bystanders were on top of the fully submerged car trying to break a window to free the teen, who was the only one inside.

He said he and the firefighter came up with a plan to pull the car closer to shore with his truck then broke the window with a truck hitch, a suggestion from one of the bystanders.

“I just clicked back into work mode, that’s what I do for a living and I’m happy doing it,” he said.

Care of the teen, who didn't have any vital signs, was taken over by on-duty paramedics, firefighters and a local doctor.

Dodge said the last he knew she was in hospital in critical condition.

OPP have closed Riverside Drive while they investigate.