Authorities Investigating Deadly Crash Into Housatonic River

August 01, 2020 - 3:42 pm

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SEYMOUR, Conn. (AP) — Authorities are investigating how a car with two occupants inside wound up in the Housatonic River in Seymour on Friday, leaving the couple dead.

Rescuers were unable to free the man and woman before the vehicle became fully submerged in the water, with both still fully buckled into the seats. Their identities have not yet been released.

WTNH-TV reports that search and rescue crews were called to the area of Roosevelt Drive on Friday afternoon and found the car about 75 yards from shore. They tried to rescue the man and woman, including borrowing a resident's boat during the search at one point, but Seymour Fire Chief Michael Lombardi said the mission changed from a rescue to recovery when the vehicle became fully submerged.

The Citizens Engine Co. No. 2 posted on Facebook that it had been a “tough 12 hours for SFD,” referring to the Seymour Fire Department. Besides the two people who died inside the submerged car, crews responded to a structure fire and two more motor vehicle crashes, including one that left one person dead.