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Body Found Inside Car Recovered From Icy Pond In South Suburbs

By Stephen Gossett in News on Dec 19, 2016 10:50PM

Rescue crews pulled a car containing at least one body from an icy pond on Monday in Lynwood, Illinois, a full day after the car drove off the road into the freezing water, according to reports.

Authorities have so far confirmed that a black male was found in the recovered sedan.

Based on a witness account, crews said on Sunday that at least two people were believed to be in the vehicle when it crashed into the Water District reservoir, in the 3000 block of East Lincoln Highway, at around 12:35 p.m. that afternoon. The witness told authorities that someone was spotted calling for help, but re-submerged into the water.

Officials said at a press conference on Monday that rescue teams would continue searching for the possible second victim on Tuesday.

The exact cause of the crash is still to be determined. Lynwood Fire Chief John Cobb said on Sunday the roads were cleared and not in hazardous condition at the time of the accident.

Rescue crews worked for four-plus hours on Sunday to retrieve the car—which was discovered submerged in silt some 30 feet below the water surface—but ultimately had to suspend the effort in the face of extreme weather and resume on Monday. Wind chills on Sunday night plummeted as low as minus-30 in parts of the Chicago area. Cobb said a police officer and a rescue diver both had to be treated for exposure, according to reports.