NORTH SALEM -- A female motorist suffered minor injuries when the mini-van she was driving crashed through a guardrail and plunged into Salt Fork Lake Wednesday morning near the North Salem boat launch ramp in northern Guernsey County.

The identity of the motorist was not available as of press time, according to a dispatcher with the Ohio State Highway Patrol's Cambridge post.

The woman was missing for approximately two hours before returning to the crash scene. She was later transported by United Ambulance to Southeastern Med in Cambridge for evaluation.

No additional information regarding her condition was available.

According to reports, an individual contacted the Guernsey County Sheriff's Office at approximately 8:35 a.m. reporting a vehicle was submerged in the lake on the north side of Salt Fork Lake. It was not known at the time of call if there were any occupants inside the vehicle.

Emergency responders from United Ambulance, Liberty Community Volunteer Fire Department, Guernsey County Sheriff's Office, highway patrol and Salt Fork rangers were dispatched to the scene.

Jim Starr of the Noble County Sheriff's Office Dive Team and the Guernsey County Underwater Rescue Team were also dispatched to check the vehicle for occupants. A boat from Salt Fork Marina was used to access the vehicle from the lake.

According to reports, an initial check of the vehicle before the arrival of divers did not locate any occupants. A diver later entered the water and confirmed there were no bodies inside the vehicle.

Responders did locate a blood trail on the shore and dogs were requested at the scene to search for the individual, as individuals feared the person was injured and in need of medical care.

A short time later the woman, identified only as a local resident, returned to the scene to speak with officials.

The mini-van was pulled from the lake by Pine Tree Towing. The van sustained extensive damage during the crash through the wooden guardrail and into the lake.

The van came to rest approximately 100 feet from the shore off Natural Resources Road 11.

The exact time of the accident was not known prior to press time.

An accident report being completed by the highway patrol was not available.

(Daily Jeffersonian photographer Mike Neilson contributed to this story).