Crews to resume search Sunday for vehicle in Kalamazoo River

The location where a vehicle is believed to have gone into the Kalamazoo River in Battle Creek. (March 4, 2017)


BATTLE CREEK, Mich. (WOOD) — Crews will resume their search on Sunday for a vehicle that went into the Kalamazoo River early Saturday morning.

Sergeant Brent Lincoln with the Calhoun County Sheriff’s Office told 24 Hour News 8 that the search would resume around 10 a.m. He said the search would cover further down river and would involve the use of divers and boats.

Battle Creek police were called to the scene at 4:42 a.m. Saturday. They say the vehicle went into the river near Dickman Road, east of Capital Avenue.

Crews work to find a vehicle that went into the Kalamazoo River in Battle Creek (March 4, 2017).
Crews work to find a vehicle that went into the Kalamazoo River in Battle Creek (March 4, 2017).

A witness reported to police that the vehicle is a newer model, gray-colored vehicle. Police tell 24 Hour News 8 that there are scrapes from the undercarriage of the vehicle leading down to the river, leading authorities to believe the vehicle was not able to stop.

Deputies say the river was high and water currents were approximately 20 miles per hour at the crash site. Divers were sent in at the site, but had to be pulled out because the water pressure restricted breathing. A water sonar unit was brought in by the Kalamazoo County Sheriff’s Office Dive team, and crews from multiple agencies also searched the bottom of the river with large probes. A Michigan State Police helicopter was also brought in.

“At this point, we can only assume someone was in the vehicle,” Sergeant Chad Fickle with the Battle Creek Police Department said. “We’re hoping for a positive resolution.”

Crews suspended the search just before 6 p.m. Saturday after cold temperatures and darkness set in. Deputies say their search covered approximately a mile of the river, and water depths ranged from eight to 20 feet.