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Updated: 3 Dead, 1 Missing After Car Plunges into Delaware Canal

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C&D CANAL BANKS/MIDDLETOWN, Del.- Delaware State Police say three people are dead and one is still missing after a vehicle plunged into the C& D Canal Sunday morning.

Troopers say multiple police, fire, maritime and EMS agencies responded to a call that a Chevy HHR was seen entering the canal at approximately 9:41 a.m. 

The vehicle entered the water on the south-side of the C&D canal about a 1 mile west of the Route 1 (Roth) Bridge, according to police.

Police say a 16-year-old girl was on the canal banks when first responders arrived.  She was a passenger and was helped to shore by the 18-year-old driver, who then re-entered the water in an attempt to rescue the three remaining passengers, according to troopers.

Officers say the driver died during his attempt to rescue the passengers and his body was found in the water a short time later.

Shortly before 5 p.m. police say the vehicle was removed from the water. Inside the car the 16-year-old and the 12-year-old boys were found and pronounced dead. Their names have not been released pending notification of next of kin.

Delaware State Police say the 6-year-old male passenger was not inside the car and is still missing.

Police say the search and related investigation is active and ongoing. Anyone with information regarding the incident is asked to call Cpl. J. Breen of the Troop 2 Collision Reconstruction Unit at 302-365-8486.

 

 

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