(TOMS RIVER, N.J.) — The driver and passenger of a truck that fell through the ice while doing “donuts” on a frozen New Jersey river were found safe Sunday, but officials say a dog was found dead in the submerged pickup.
Someone called the Toms River Police Department shortly after midnight Sunday to say they saw a truck driving on the frozen river, police said.
When officers arrived, they saw the small pickup truck on the ice, police said. The headlight and brake lights could be seen from the shoreline as the vehicle headed towards the far side of the river, but suddenly the lights were no longer visible, police said.
Firefighters from Toms River and Island Heights began a search, along with the New Jersey State Police and Coast Guard helicopter units.
A large hole in the ice was eventually spotted, and divers and rescuers found the truck 100 feet under the water with no one in it around 10:30 a.m.
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The driver and a passenger of the truck both later voluntarily turned themselves in to police, and it appears there were no other people in the vehicle, officials said.
NJSP TEAMS Unit conducted Successful Dive confirmed, No persons in Pickup; Boxer mix dog found in pkup. 2 subjects in custody.
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