Two Dead After Truck Plunges Into Trinity River In Fort Worth

Alan Scaia
January 17, 2020 - 6:54 am
Officials Recover Bodies After Car Plunges Into Trinity River

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FORT WORTH (1080 KRLD) - Two people were killed Friday morning when a pick-up truck lost control on University Dr. in Fort Worth.

The Fort Worth Fire Department says the truck was headed north on University about 2:30 a.m. Friday when the driver went onto the median and crashed through a barrier at the Trinity River.

The truck drove into the river and was submerged.

"A lot of factors led into this that made it much different than a typical motor vehicle accident," says the Fort Worth Fire Department's Mike Drivdahl.

A passerby saw the crash and tried to help. MedStar says that person was treated at the scene for hypothermia.

"The initial engine that was on the scene did find a citizen in the water trying to find where that vehicle was," Drivdahl says.

He says about 30 firefighters responded along with police and paramedics. He says dive teams went into the water, but the darkness and murky water slowed their progress. He says divers were able to find the truck, but they could not get inside.​

Crews had to bring in a wrecker to lift the truck out of the water. They found two bodies inside the truck when they pulled it up.

"It's very sad that's the news someone's going to wake up to this morning," Drivdahl says. "Our hearts and prayers go out to them."

Police were investigating why the car may have lost control. Friday morning, they had not identified the two who died.