Units responding for crash in Paris

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At 2:19 p.m., Paris Fire and Rescue and sheriff’s deputies are responding to a report of a crash in the 18600 block of Highway 142.

Involved vehicle is off the road and in a creek.

UPDATE 2:21 p.m. — Personnel on scene say the vehicle is almost completely submerged, but a passerby was able to get person out of the vehicle.

UPDATE 2:23 p.m. — Person that was in the car is reportedly now on top of the car in the creek. Dive team being called to quarters.

UPDATE 2:26 p.m. — Somers Fire and Rescue being called to scene for mutual aid with ladder truck to assist with rescue. Tow truck also being called to scene.

UPDATE 2:37 p.m. — Eastbound traffic on Highway 142 being shut down at Highway 45. Dispatch reports two people on top of vehicle.

UPDATE 2:41 p.m. — Somers FD arriving on scene. Bristol Fire Department also on the scene now.

UPDATE 2:49 p.m. — Dive team members and units from other departments not already at scene told to stand down per Paris FD command.

UPDATE 3:05 p.m. — Ambulance leaving scene heading for a Pleasant Prairie hospital.

UPDATE 3:18 p.m. — Sgt. Bill Beth issued the following statement at 3:18 p.m.: “Today at 2:18PM Deputies responded to the 18600 block of STH 142 for a car that drove into the Des Plaines River. Oddly, Dep. Stuart Schwerdtfeger was speaking to a citizen regarding follow up to an unrelated case. That citizen told Dep. Schwerdtfeger that he just saw a car go into the river. Dep. Schwerdtfeger immediately responded with other deputies. A 90 year old driver was travelling Eastbound on STH 142 and failed to negotiate the curve at the Des Plaines River Bridge in the 18600 block. The car struck a portion of the bridge and drove into the river becoming fully submerged. Two men from Chicago passing by saw the accident and took action. They got the elderly driver out of the car as the water rose up to his chin. The driver was transported to St. Catherine’s Hospital in Kenosha by Paris Rescue, but is believed to have only minor injuries. The driver is from Newport Rhode Island, but is moving to Burlington, WI. The cause of the accident is still unknown. The investigation is still ongoing and deputies are still gathering details. At this time a local towing firm is attempting to remove the vehicle from the river.”

UPDATE 3:34 p.m. — All remaining fire units clearing the scene and returning to quarters.

UPDATE 3:50 p.m. — Sounds like tow truck still working on removing car from water.

UPDATE about 3:55 p.m. — Both lanes of Highway 142 open for now, but may need to be closed when addtional equipment arrives on the scene.

UPDATE 3:59 p.m. — Deputy clearing scene. No additional lane blockage expected.

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