AMESBURY (CBS/AP) – State Police say a driver was killed after a car plunged off an Interstate 95 bridge and into the Merrimack River Monday night.

Police received reports of a car going off the northbound side of the Whittier Bridge on the Amesbury-Newburyport line at about 8:15 p.m.

WBZ-TV’s Jonathan Elias reports

After a search involving state police, the Coast Guard and local authorities, the submerged vehicle with a body inside was found at about 11:30 p.m.

The body was turned over to the medical examiner’s office.

The victim’s name has not been released.

The cause of the crash is still not known, but witnesses say the driver was speeding before crashing into the river.

The car remains in the river.  Dive teams resumed recovery efforts Tuesday morning.

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Comments (9)
  1. Grammar Guy says:

    Dive times?

  2. kevin says:

    Anyone know what kind of car

    1. Rosa says:

      It was a white Toyota Camry

  3. Robin Lee McCarthy-photography says:

    No Sorry Kevin. I did see somewhere it was a sedan but that is the only detail that was given.

  4. Robin Lee McCarthy-photography says:

    Kevin My Fox News reported “Police got multiple 911 calls from motorists saying they saw a white Toyota Camry go off the bridge and into the water” :(

  5. Tom says:

    I’m sorry, but the state can not allow the snow to freeze on that bridge and build up so it is a perfect ramp to go over the edge…speeding or not!! This happened years ago on a bridge in MA or CT, and they kept plows from creating this hazard, but time goes by and we repeat our mistakes. This time tragically.

  6. Lindsay says:

    So sad. My heart goes out to his or her family.

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