Woman goes to release turtle, car ends up in Rock River, dispatch says

First responders in Janesville are working to get a car out of the Rock River.

Rock County dispatchers said a woman went to release a turtle around 11:35 a.m. Wednesday and forgot to put the car in gear.

The car then rolled into the river.

Janesville Police and Fire are on the scene, as well as the department of public works. They’ll have to remove some trees in order to pull the car out. This is along Afton Road near the Bellrichard bridge. #News3Now pic.twitter.com/eQJ0D3Rydk

— Adam Duxter (@News3Adam) September 18, 2019

No one was hurt during the process, but dispatchers said the woman lost her lunch, which was on top of the car.

Kevin Mageland was riding his motorcycle when he saw the car floating in the water. Not knowing if a driver was inside, he sprung into action.

“I drove down the hill and called 911,” he said. “I told them where the car was, then I took everything out of my pockets and swam out to where the car was to make sure no one was inside.”

Mageland said when he jumped in, his fear was someone was trapped inside.

“I was hoping that there was no one in the car, or that I’d have to pull somebody out of there. I got back to shore and by that point there was one police officer on shore,” he said.

Janesville Department of Public Works assisted police and fire in clearing trees out of the way so the car could be removed from the river.

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