UPDATE MARCH 9: Athens Township Police said the man driving the car that crashed into the Susquehanna River was taken to Robert Packer Hospital Wednesday afternoon.
According to police, the crash happened around 2:20 p.m. on Riverside Drive north of the Sayre Bridge. Police said 38-year-old Christopher Shaw of Sayre was driving south and left the west side of the road, ending up in the river.
He was injured but able to get himself to the roof of the vehicle. The Athens Borough Water Rescue Team then rescued Shaw with a boat, and Greater Valley EMS took him to Robert Packer.
Police said the accident is still under investigation. Athens Police said the car is scheduled to be removed from the river on Friday, March 10.
ATHENS, Pa. (WETM) – A car was seen in the Susquehanna River in Athens Wednesday afternoon, and witnesses said the driver was rescued, but how it got there is still a mystery.
Reports of the vehicle in the river first came into 18 News around 2:30 p.m. A neighbor nearby said that the driver had managed to get on top of the car before he was rescued via a boat from first responders.
The reporter said that as of 3:20 p.m., there were no first responders on the scene. Photos from a reporter on the scene on Riverside Drive showed a red vehicle nearly completely submerged in the river, not moving. Crews said the car will be in place through Friday, March 10.
Details are extremely limited at this time. Check back for updates as more information becomes available.