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Recovery efforts resume for driver believed to be trapped in car in Monroe retention reservior

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Published: Aug. 5, 2020 at 9:01 AM EDT
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MONROE, Mich. (WTVG) - Police began recovery efforts Wednesday afternoon of a driver and vehicle believed to have crashed into a retention reservoir at the DTE power plant in Monroe on Tuesday night. Police have been on the scene since 8 a.m. Wednesday.

Divers from the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office were expected to begin their recovery efforts around 1 p.m. Wednesday. In the meantime, the Monroe Police Department is using city pumps to remove water from the retention reservoir near DTE Energy on E. Front St.

While police remain unsure why the crash occurred, it’s believed a 24-year-old female driver remains trapped in her vehicle, a Ford Freestyle station wagon, about 20 to 30 feet below the water.

While police remain unknown why the crash occurred, it’s believed a 24-year-old female driver remains trapped in her vehicle about 20 to 30 feet below the water. The vehicle is believed to be a Ford Freestyle station wagon.

At 8:15 p.m. Tuesday, Monroe Police responded to a traffic crash near the entrance of the power plant. Officers found the vehicle had struck a fence and came to rest in a retention reservoir of the plant. The vehicle was completely submerged and not visible to officers on the scene.

The Monroe County Sheriff’s Dive Team responded to assist in locating and recovering the vehicle and driver. Due to the condition of the water and location, recovery efforts were suspended late Tuesday night.

The investigation is currently open. Any persons with information are encouraged to contact Officer McKenzie at 734-243-7585 or 734-243-7509.

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