In the predawn darkness Tuesday, Nov. 5, a vehicle missed a turn and was reported submerged in the Mississippi River in Brainerd along with five occupants.
The people in the car made it to shore and were transported by ambulance to Essentia Health-St. Joseph’s Medical Center to be treated for signs of hypothermia, the Brainerd Police Department reported. No other injuries were reported.
Shortly before 6 a.m. Police Chief Corky McQuiston stated in a news release, the department received a report a vehicle was underwater in the river with five occupants. McQuiston stated as officers arrived they learned all the occupants all made it to shore.
“The vehicle, a 2010 silver Ford Escape, was traveling in a northwesterly direction near the Community Garden area in Rotary Park when it failed to make a right turn and ran off the roadway,” the police department reported. “The vehicle was located almost 30 feet out from shore at a depth between 6 and 7 feet. The vehicle experienced moderate damage to the front end from leaving the roadway.”
The incident remains under investigation and anyone with information is asked to call the Brainerd Police Department at 218-829-2805. The Baxter Police Department assisted with this incident.