Car partially submerged in Pawcatuck River in Westerly removed

WESTERLY, R.I. (WLNE) — Nearly 20 hours after plunging into the Pawcatuck River in Westerly, the Westerly Fire Department removed a car from the water.

The Westerly Fire Department is seen rescuing a man who drove his car into the Pawcatuck River, Monday, Dec. 19, 2022. (Westerly Police Department)

Westerly Police Chief Paul Gingerella said a man was pulled from the river after his car went into the water Monday night.

Stonington Deputy Police Chief Todd Olson said the man drove off Coggswell Street in Pawcatuck. He was the only person in the car.

A vehicle is seen partially submerged in the Pawcatuck River in Westerly, Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2022. (WLNE)

The man’s name or condition wasn’t immediately released.

Olson said the man’s vehicle will be removed from the river by a crane.

The Westerly Fire Department is seen rescuing a man who drove his car into the Pawcatuck River, Monday, Dec. 19, 2022. (Westerly Police Department)

Police are still investigating to determine what led the man to drive into the river.

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