Rescuers believe vehicle into Mohawk River was intentional
April 09, 2019 06:18 PM
Investigators believe a 29-year-old man from Ballston Spa intentionally drove his vehicle into the water, right next to the Crescent Bridge. The vehicle was pulled from the water late Tuesday afternoon, along with the man's body.
Undersheriff Rick Castle says a witness was eating lunch when they saw the whole thing happen late Tuesday morning.
Fire officials arrived on scene first. They got into the water their boats and were able to see air bubbles where the pickup is believed to have sunk.
Divers with the Saratoga County Sheriff's Office were then called in. State police came with a helicopter to look for the driver downstream, but they didn't see anything.
The strong wind did influence search and recovery efforts. However, Castle says the limited visibility in that section of the Mohawk River definitely made things more difficult.
Hear about some ways the undersheriff says his department wants to improve safety in his area by watching the video of Emily Burkhard's story.
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Dive team just arrived on scene at Crescent Bridge. Terminal Rd. Is closed off. Saratoga Co. Sheriff says crews are responding to calls for a submerged vehicle in the Mohawk. .@WNYT pic.twitter.com/YnyUVJUZv8— Emily Burkhard (@EBurkhardWNYT) April 9, 2019
Saratoga County Undersheriff says a man drove his pickup into the Mohawk around 11:30. Says they are fairly certain of where the vehicle is. They believe it was intentional, the driver is presumed dead at this point. .@WNYT— Emily Burkhard (@EBurkhardWNYT) April 9, 2019
UPDATE: Divers have found the vehicle, still working on getting it out of the water. Saratoga Co. Undersheriff says wind is making things more difficult, says zero visibility in the water is bigger issue though. .@WNYT pic.twitter.com/IpkFaNDshl— Emily Burkhard (@EBurkhardWNYT) April 9, 2019
Updated: April 09, 2019 06:18 PM
Created: April 09, 2019 12:11 PM
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