2 dead as another car crashes into Kalamazoo River

2 men killed after crashing into Kalamazoo River

BATTLE CREEK, MICH. - Two men died early Friday when their car crashed into the Kalamazoo River near Dickman Road and Capital Avenue, Battle Creek police said.

The crash was reported at 4:11 a.m.

The car was pulled from the river near the Treehouse Foods plant between McCamly and Washington streets.

Lt. James Martens said two men who appear to be in their 30s were found dead inside.

Martens said a police department sergeant was on patrol and driving east on Dickman Road when he saw a flash of light. As he approached the intersection with Capital Avenue he found debris from the crash and saw the car floating in the river.

The car stopped on its top just east of the Washington Street bridge, where crews attached cables and pulled it from the water and found both people dead inside.

Police had not determined early this morning if the car was westbound on Dickman Road or northbound on Capital Avenue when it struck the bridge and went into the water.

Emergency responders from Battle Creek police and Battle Creek Fire Department and the Calhoun County Sheriff Department were at the scene along with Lifecare Ambulance paramedics and divers from the sheriff department. Emmett Township Department of Public Safety put a boat in the river and conducted a search the length of the channel.

It's the third time in six months that a vehicle has crashed near the Dickman-Capital intersection and came five days after another car was recovered after having been submerged in the river since March 4. The driver of that car, believed to be Cortez Lewis, has not been found.

In October a westbound car on Dickman Road crashed into the river and was recovered near Washington Avenue. The driver of that car was rescued by a Battle Creek police officer who went into the water.

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