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Car takes a dive in the Charles

Fire crews, divers pull it out with the help of a tow truck.

A 2017 Hyundai Elantra met a watery end Monday when it drifted into the Charles River in Cambridge, according to police.

Two cars crashed at the base of the River Street bridge just before 1 a.m. Monday. As the Hyundai began to smoke, the driver jumped out of the vehicle—without putting on the brake.

“It kind of drove itself into the river,” state police spokesman David Procopio said.

The Cambridge Fire Department and divers pulled the car out around 5 a.m. with the help of a tow truck, according to the department’s official Twitter page.


Police said the Hyundai was traveling east on Memorial Drive when it collided with a Ford Explorer that blew through a red light while traveling north on Cambridge Street. Both cars were heavily damaged and the drivers jumped out quickly to get away from the smoke, according to Procopio.

No one was inside the Hyundai when it rolled into the river,WBZ reported.

The driver of the Hyundai suffered minor injuries and was transported to BethIsrael. The driver of the Ford Explorer was uninjured, but will be cited for failure to stop.


 

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