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Bradford County Coroner: Father, son died by drowning

BRADFORD COUNTY, Pa (WETM) - UPDATE (3:38 p.m.):  18 News has confirmed that area first responders will receive Critical Incident Stress Debriefing as a result of the tragic deaths of an infant and his father last week.


UPDATE (6:40 a.m.):

The Bradford County Coroner completed an autopsy and confirmed that 29-year-old Derek Marshall and one-year-old Maddox Marshall died as a result of drowning after their car plunged into the Susquehanna River. 

The coroner also said that "the father was restrained with a seatbelt at the time of the crash. The infant was properly positioned in a car seat."

The investigation into the crash is ongoing.


UPDATE 11:30 p.m.: Athens Township Police have identified the victims found in the Susquehanna River in Ulster. They are 29-year-old Derek Marshall and one-year-old Maddox Marshall.

Police said an officer witnessed a car traveling down Sheshequin Road at a high rate speed Friday night. The officer lost sight of the vehicle but was later called to the scene where the car crashed into the river moments later.

Emergency crews pulled out a female passenger from the river, 31-year-old Emily Hoey. Police said she escaped the vehicle and swam to shore. Athens Township Police said it will continue investigating.


UPDATE 7:30 p.m.: 18 News has learned that a man and infant were pulled out of the river earlier Saturday evening, according to the Bradford County Public Safety office. The office's Emergency Management Coordinator told 18 News the Bradford County Coroner was called to the scene and confirmed the two were found deceased. She added the family has been notified.


A vehicle ended up in the Susquehanna River in Ulster Township, which is in Bradford County, Pennsylvania, around 10:30 p.m. on Friday night, according to the Bradford County Communications Center. 

A dispatcher confirmed one was taken to the hospital and there is an active search of the river for other possible victims. 

We will continue to follow this story as we receive more information. 

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