Car goes into river, rescuers respond


Fresh on the heels of an accident in which a West Sacramento woman drove her car into the river and drowned while phoning for help on March 13, dispatchers on the 911 system handled a more recent report of a car going into the Sacramento River.

The latest call came in at about 9:50 p.m. on March 30, from near South River Road and Burrows Road in southern West Sacramento.

“The witnesses stated they saw a four-door sedan floating down river with its headlights on,” reported the West Sacramento Fire Department. They also reported seeing what looked like the lit-up screen of a cell phone inside the car.

  That led to the strong suspicion that someone was still inside.

Firefighters responded in vehicles and a rescue boat searched for the vehicle, helped by the CHP, sheriff’s department and DART (Drowning and Accident Rescue Team) divers.  After an hour without finding the car, and then switched from “rescue” to “recovery” mode.

At about 2:30 a.m., hindered by strong currents and bad weather, the search was called off.

The car was later found and pulled from the river, empty. It turned out the car had been reported stolen.


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