[UPDATE 4/16]Vehicle Upside Down in Smith River; Rescue Divers Were Unsuccessful
At 11:25 this morning, a small green vehicle was reported going underwater into the Smith River off Hwy 199. According to the California Highway Incident page, the person reporting “saw rear end of [vehicle] go under water.” It was described as being upside down.
The road was closed at approximately 2 p.m. as various emergency personnel arrived on scene. Search and rescue swimmers were called for, according to a spokesperson for the California Highway Patrol.
Because the road was closed, traffic began backing up. Just before 3 p.m., Hwy 199 was opened again to through traffic.
Because of the high water level, according to the CHP Incident page, a decision was made to leave the vehicle in the water to “be extricated at a later date.”
At this time, little information about the vehicle or its possible occupant(s) are known. We’ll update you with that information when it becomes available.
UPDATE 8:14 p.m.: Gasquet Fire posted these photos below and explained, “Another car has crashed into the river at mile marker 10.50 with one to two people. Two divers [were] placed onto the water but [were] unable to attach the cable from the tow truck due to the rising river and fast current.”
UPDATE 4/16: Gasquet Fire states on their Facebook page that the vehicle was removed from the water today.