Friday, November 12, 2004
Concord girls survive river plunge
Two Concord 17-year-old girls plunged into the Concord River last Sunday afternoon when their SUV crashed through the pipe railing on the Monument Street bridge. The accident was reported at 2:27 p.m. and Monument Street was closed until 6 p.m. to enable rescue equipment to access the scene and remove the vehicle. Sgt. Thomas Whelan of the Carlisle Police was sent to the scene to direct traffic when Concord Police requested mutual aid to cope with the emergency.
Sgt. Brian Goldman of the Concord Police reports that he was just down the street and by the time he arrived at the scene the two occupants were already out of the car, which had submerged in an estimated 8 to 12 feet of water. According to Goldman and the Boston Globe, a passing bicyclist helped the girls escape. Goldman says "They're two lucky girls." Although both sustained cuts and bruises and were taken to Emerson Hospital by ambulance, the passenger was released from the hospital at 5 p.m. and the operator about 7 p.m. that day. The incident is still under investigation and no citation has been made.
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