Vehicle through ice off Montreal Road

Cornwall police, firefighters and tow trucks line a section of Montreal Road, west of Boundary Road, at the scene of a car in the St. Lawrence River on Friday, March 2, 2018. Police believe nobody was in the car and don't know how long it had been there. (Newswatch Group/Bill Kingston)

CORNWALL – Emergency crews are on the scene of a vehicle that has gone through the ice on the St. Lawrence River in the east end of Cornwall.

Cornwall police Const. Dan Cloutier told Cornwall Newswatch at 4:10 p.m. that the situation was still unfolding on Montreal Road near the waste water treatment plant.

Cloutier said they don’t know how long the vehicle had been in the water and under the ice.

“At this point there is nothing to suggest that anybody is inside,” Cloutier said, but they won’t know definitively until the vehicle is pulled out.

Emergency workers, assisted by a towing company, were working for a least a couple of hours at freeing the vehicle from its resting place. Cornwall-SDG Paramedic Services was also on scene on standby but left around 5:45 p.m.

He said they are calling on an O.P.P. dive team to assist in their investigation.

A section of Montreal Road from Boundary Road to Dunbar Avenue was still closed to traffic (as of 6 p.m.).

Cornwall firefighters and a water rescue team get ready to head out with a cable to attach to a car in the St. Lawrence River off Montreal Road on Friday, March 2, 2018. The recovery crew was making a third attempt to pull out the car around 6 p.m. after the cable came loose. It’s believed there was nobody in the vehicle and it’s not known how long it had been in the river. (Newswatch Group/Bill Kingston)
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