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CHP: Driver still missing after car into the Sacramento River

The CHP said that a driver is still missing a week after a car drove into the Sacramento River near Twin Cities Road. Two passengers got out of the vehicle and swam to shore. They told first responders there was a third person who was the driver of the vehicle.

The CHP issued the following statement:

On Friday, October 27th, 2023 at approximately 5:50 PM Sacramento Communications Center notified California Highway Patrol (CHP) – South Sacramento of a vehicle into the river with parties still inside the vehicle. Upon arrival, it was determined that the crash involved a solo vehicle that had been traveling southbound on River Road just south of Twin Cities Road. For an unknown reason at this time, the vehicle left the west roadway edge and traversed a downhill embankment before entering the water and becoming fully submerged. Two of the occupants escaped the vehicle and were observed wet from the water and standing on the embankment. The two occupants were identified as a 39-year-old male from Davis, CA, and a 47-year-old female from Vacaville, CA. Both parties stated that a 35-year-old male from Antioch was driving a 2012 Ford at the time that it went into the river and became fully submerged in the river. Both passengers self-extricated from the vehicle and swam to shore. A body of the driver was not located upon CHP or elements of the fire department’s arrival. 

CHP conducted one-way traffic control was in place for approximately one hour with little to no backup or congestion 

On Saturday, October 29th, the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department Dive Team, with assistance from the San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Department Dive Team, located the vehicle and it was towed to a local tow yard. 

At this time the driver of the vehicle has not been located. 

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