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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