Teenagers Drive Car Into River at Oxbow Park

Updated: 06/23/2014 11:44 AM
Created: 06/23/2014 10:04 AM

(ABC 6 News) -- Around 10:15 Friday night, an employee at Oxbow Park saw a car in the river. He went out to check it out, and helped two young women get out of the car, and to safety. According to the Olmsted County Sheriff’s Office the girls, who were 18 years old and 17 years old, had driven around a road closed sign on County Road 105 NW, which goes through the park.

But an employee at Oxbow Park that ABC 6 News talked to said that wasn't the case and the road had been reopened sometime before the accident happened.

The road had been closed because of a flooding threat from high water levels on the river.

The girls say they missed a bend in the road, and went down into the water. The spot they went in was the river’s bank which, under normal circumstances, wouldn’t have had water on it. But because the water levels were much higher than normal, there was water there.

The girls made it out of the Ford Mustang Convertible without injuries, however the car was swept away in the current, and has not yet been found.

Sheriff’s deputies are waiting for river levels to return to normal before attempting to recover the car.

The 18-year-old driver could be facing a citation for driving around the road-closed barricades.