SUV drives into New Baltimore-area lake
Photo courtesy of NBFRD
An SUV ran off the road and into a lake near Brookside yesterday evening.
Around 6 p.m., the driver apparently lost control of the vehicle, running over a fire hydrant and knocking it 30 to 50 feet from its base. The SUV ran down an embankment, across a field, up another embankment and into the lake. It traveled about 150-200 yards from where the vehicle apparently first lost control, according to the New Baltimore Fire and Rescue Department (NBFRD).
When fire and rescue arrived, the driver was laying unconscious on the embankment. There were no other people still inside the SUV.
NBFRD used absorbent pads and booms in an effort to retrieve the vehicle, which was submerged up to the bottom of the windows, and about 10 feet from the shore.
NBFRD used one of the booms and two dozen absorbent pads along the lake edge and in an overflow drainage ditch to contain the oil leak into the water.
A tow truck came out to retrieve the SUV, but because of the saturated ground, the tow truck was not able to pull out the vehicle.
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