Car sinks in Rock River, teens escape

Teen driver to be cited
Car sinks in Rock River, teens escape

Three teens escaped their car after it ended up in the Rock River Monday night, according to Town of Beloit police.

Police and firefighters were called to the river near the boat launch in Armstrong Eddy Park at 7:34 p.m. and found two 17-year-old boys and a 16-year-old girl who had gotten out of their car that was nearly submerged.

The Town of Beloit fire department told the Janesville Gazette the ice was about 6 inches thick where the car broke through about 50 feet out. The teens told firefighters they went to the boat launch to look at the water, but weren’t able to stop the car before it slid onto the ice.

The car was later retrieved from the water.

Town of Beloit Police Chief Steve Kopp said the driver, a 17-year-old from Roscoe, Illinois, will be cited for endangering safety by reckless driving. The passengers were from Beloit.

The girl was taken to Beloit Memorial Hospital and treated for exposure, Kopp said.