HOLYOKE, Mass. (WGGB) — A man who drove a car into the Connecticut River in Holyoke over the weekend has died.
Around 6:30 p.m. Sunday, emergency crews were called to the area of Jones Ferry Marina in Holyoke after a man drove his vehicle into the river in what Holyoke Fire Capt. Anthony Cerruti described as a suicide attempt.
“Crews responded and they found one of the passengers of the vehicle being escorted up the ramp by a witness to the scene,” says Cerruti.
Upon arrival, the driver was still inside.
The State Police Air Wing and other town departments joined to search for the car and the driver.
They looked to see if the driver was treading water or on land, but they had to wait for trained rescue divers before going under the water and into the vehicle.
“About an hour and a half into the incident a couple of state police divers showed up,” Cerruti says.
“We put a trooper in our boat from the dive time, they positioned themselves above the car from the boat right on top of it,” says Dennis Leger, spokesperson for the Springfield Fire Department.
“There was still someone in the vehicle and they were entrapped or entangled he had to get another trooper to free him up,” Leger adds.
The driver, whose identity has not been released, was located by divers from the Mass. State Police inside the car a few hours later. He was taken to Baystate Medical Center where Cerruti says he was pronounced dead around 9:15 p.m. Sunday.
Also inside the car at the time of the incident was a female passenger. Cerruti notes that she was able to get out safely when the car went into the water.
The incident remains under investigation.