Driver Injured After Careening into Trinity River

By Frank Heinz
|  Thursday, Oct 7, 2010  |  Updated 3:13 PM CDT
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Gallery: Car Overturns Into Trinity River

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Images of a October 7, 2010 accident that sent a car over the edge of the Sylvan Ave. bridge and into the Trinity River in Dallas.

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A 60-year-old man was critically injured after his car careened off a small bridge along Sylvan Avenue and landed upside down in the Trinity River west of downtown Dallas late Thursday morning.

The crash took place along the 3700 block of Sylvan, north of Canada Drive, shortly before noon when the car busted through a guard rail and tumbled approximately 30 feet into the river below, police said.

Passers-by saw the crash and notified authorities and also climbed down into the river to try to rescue the driver. One of the rescuers, Angelos Kolobotos, of Dallas, said the water was at least waist deep because it destroyed the cell phone he had in his pocket.

A short time later, Dallas Fire Rescue arrived could be seen at the scene frantically moving down the steep embankment to try to reach the car and driver.  When they arrived, the driver was unresponsive.  They began CPR and transported him to Parkland Hospital where his condition remains unknown.

The identity of the driver is being withheld pending notification of his family members.

The cause of the crash is under investigation.

Check back and refresh this page for the latest update.

A previous version of this story indicated the driver died.  That information, received from the Dallas Police Department, was retracted shortly after 1 p.m.

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