Woman Dies at Niagara Falls After Her Car Washes Into River

by Jon D. B.

A rescue mission has turned tragic as a woman in her 60s was pronounced dead after her car washed into the river above Niagara Falls, NY.

Just before 2 PM Eastern Wednesday, a small sedan would wash into to the Niagara River close to the basin of the American Falls. New York State Police would respond to the scene immediately. The car was near-completely submerged in the raging water, and it was discovered that a sole passenger was inside.

The car, which began flooding underneath the Niagara Falls pedestrian bridge, soon began floating downstream. Shoreline witnesses were the first to report to NYPD that a woman was trapped in her seat.

Tragically, raging waters left the NYSP Swift Water Team unable to recover her. U.S. Coast Guard would respond as a result. They were eventually able to pull her body from her vehicle via helicopter airlift and she was pronounced dead at the scene.

The scene would unfold on Twitter as local reporter Stephen T. Watson documented.

“Waiting at a scary scene at the American Falls. A car is in the Niagara River near the brink of the falls. No official word yet but it is believed to be occupied. Unclear how it ended up in the water. (See it in the center of photo just above firefighter helmets.),” he would first report at 12:53 PM Eastern Wednesday from Niagara Falls, NY.

Police have not released the name of the woman, but she was a local in her late 60s. She was driving the vehicle before it entered Niagara River between the vehicle and pedestrian bridges.

Niagara Fatality 50 Yards from Brink of Falls

At the time of her death, the woman was located about 50 yards from the brink of Niagara Falls, NYPD reports.

Police are investigating how her car wound up in Niagara river, but no leads have come to light so far. Currently, her vehicle remains in the river as authorities determine the safest method of removal.

Watson would continue to document the rescue mission. “Vehicle is about 100 feet from the Falls. Facing away from it. Trunk is open. River washes over the top of the windshield. Current reaches to bottom of side windows. Copter still hovering,” he would report at 1:58 PM Eastern.

“Copter door is open. Not sure what crew is preparing to do. Car is maybe 30 feet from the mainland, north of Goat Island pedestrian bridge,” he continued.

“Crew member sitting on edge of door. They’re preparing to lowlier him…”

“Just grabbed the car. He’s holding an ax of some kind. He’s at the passenger side. He opened that door…”

Eventually, Watson would video the coast guard rescuer airlifting the woman from her vehicle on Twitter. Please be warned, however, the scene is graphic.

Outsider’s condolences to the victim’s family, and a thank you to all our U.S. servicemen and women.