Victims in car that crashed into Housatonic River in Seymour identified

New Haven

Video above is from a newscast prior to August 1.

SEYMOUR, Conn. (WTNH) — Two people are dead after a car crashed into the Housatonic River in Seymour.

Around 3:45 p.m. on Friday, fire crews were called to the area of Roosevelt Drive.

Search and rescue crews were called to the scene to locate the car. They found it about 75 yards from the shore and tried to get the pair out, but the car became fully submerged with them still buckled inside.

Officials have identifed the victims as 54-year-old Connie Crowell and her 22-year-old son John Crowell, both of Monroe. Officials said no other persons were in the car at the time.

Seymour Fire Chief Michael Lombardi said it was a sad day and knew when the vehicle became fully submerged, it went from a rescue to recovery mission.

Dive teams from several areas including Terryville, Bantam, Seymour and Oxford were called to assist retrieving the bodies.

Officials have yet to determine what exactly happened and are working to locate the car’s point of entry.

A firefighter was injured during the rescue. He/she is being treated and will be okay. It’s estimated that 75 firefighters were on scene to help. Crews even borrowed a resident’s boat — that was on the water at the time — during the search.

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