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2 Dead After Freak Accident Sends Car Hurtling Into Potomac River

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A car went careening off the road Saturday and crashed into the Potomac River in Washington, D.C., killing two and leaving another rider who escaped the wreckage in serious condition.

The car hurtled towards the water near Rock Creek Parkway, near Roosevelt Bridge Saturday around 11 p.m. Rescue crews from the D.C. Fire and EMS Department worked for more than two hours to locate and remove the car from the water. One of the three passengers in the vehicle escaped the car from inside the water and alerted officials that two others were still trapped, reports WJLA.

Authorities took the survivor to George Washington University Hospital where officials said they are in serious condition.

There is little information regarding the potential cause of the crash and authorities are asking anyone with information to contact them. The U.S. Park Police said it appears the driver lost control of the vehicle, sending it into the river. The survivor swam to shore but the driver and an additional passenger died in the vehicle, reports WUSA9.

The car, a silver Hyundai, left scrap marks in the concrete where it went off-road into the river. Crews removed it from the water with a lift at roughly 3 a.m. Sunday morning. Ultimately a K-9 unit helped police find where the car was in the water.

A K-9 named Fielder with Virginia Task Force One Urban Search and Rescue from Fairfax County found the scent on a boat scanning the area and led authorities to the wreckage.

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