Delaware River, Burlington, NJ (010618) | WBNC News


A fatal car accident, where a vehicle was pulled from the icy Delaware River at around 1:00 pm, occurred earlier today in Burlington City, NJ. The vehicle left the road, crashed through the fencing, and plunged into the Delaware River. Two people were inside the car when the accident occurred- a male driver and a female passenger. The driver was able to escape the submerging car, but the passenger was still inside when first responders arrived on the scene. The woman was rushed to Lourdes Medical Center of Burlington County.

A witness and city resident tried to help those trapped in the vehicle, along with several other bystanders. They spoke to The Burlington County Times: “Three or four of us pulled him out. He was soaking wet and panicking, saying his girlfriend was in there. Then he took off. I guess he was in shock,” witness Joe Entwistle said, referring to the driver.

The driver ran from the scene but was later located by police and taken to Lourdes for a medical evaluation. Identity of the driver and the deceased victim were not released, notification of families were still pending. No charges were filed for the driver as of Sunday night.

This is the second fatal accident this weekend involving submerged vehicles. Around 4:30 pm on Saturday, a vehicle, believed to be moving at an excessive speed, struck a minivan at a red light  by the jug handle on Route 130 and Bridgeboro Road in Willingboro, sending the minivan through the guard barrier, crashing into the Delaware River, where it, too, became submerged.

The occupants in the minivan, Robert Stephens, 52, and his wife, Janet, 50, were pulled from the water by several rescue crews. Both were pronounced dead at Lourde Medical Center of Burlington County. No criminal charges were made against 29 year old Amish Patel, the driver who caused the initial accident.