SAYRE — A vehicle crashed into the Susquehanna River in northern Pennsylvania, claiming the lives of a man and his 1-year-old son, authorities said.
Police in Bradford County say an Athens Township officer saw a vehicle traveling at high speed Friday night. Minutes after losing sight of the vehicle, he responded to a report of someone in the river, police said.
Water rescue crews from the surrounding area were called and helped search on Friday night and again Saturday morning.
VICTIMS IDENTIFIED: The bodies of 29-year-old Derek Marshall and his 1-year-old son Maddox, both of Athens, were found in the river this afternoon.https://t.co/ylhptK19aP
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Police said the bodies of 29-year-old Derek Marshall and 1-year-old Maddox were recovered from the river at about 3:15 p.m. Saturday.
Police said a 31-year-old woman was able to escape from the vehicle and made it to shore. She was treated at a hospital.
Allie Campbell of Ulster, who works at the Ulster Recycling Center where some of the rescue boats accessed the river, told WNEP she saw search vessels “all over the Susquehanna River.”
“The current is very strong,” she said. “It is very hard, it is very sad. … Everybody knows everybody in a small community.”