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Vehicle crashes upside down into canal, killing driver

Published: Tuesday, Oct. 8 2013 2:15 p.m. MDT

The driver of a vehicle that ended up submerged in a canal in West Valley City died Tuesday.

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WEST VALLEY CITY — A driver was killed when his vehicle landed upside down in a canal filled with water Tuesday.

Now police are trying to determine what happened leading up to the accident.

About 11:30 a.m., a man who witnesses say was driving erratically was traveling north on 6400 West when he stopped his car about 100 yards from the intersection near 2800 South, said West Valley Police Sgt. Jason Hauer.

After pausing for a second, the man stepped out the gas pedal and accelerated through a fence and down an 8- to 10-foot embankment, where his vehicle landed upside down in a canal filled with 2 to 3 feet of water.

The man remained underwater for an unknown amount of time before rescue crews could cut him free from his vehicle, Hauer said. One report given to dispatchers was that the man could have been underwater for at least five minutes.

Rescue teams attempted to resuscitate the man once he was out of the water but were unsuccessful.

The victim is a Hispanic male in his 30s or 40s, according to police. They were working Tuesday afternoon on trying to identify him and get the vehicle out of the canal.

— Pat Reavy

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