Locked steering sends car and driver into the Elkhart River

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ELKHART — A mechanical issue led a 22-year-old man to drive his car into the Elkhart River on Thursday morning, according to the Elkhart Police Department. 

Police said the man was driving east on East Jackson Boulevard at 8:34 a.m., turning south onto Goshen Avenue.

According to the driver, the steering locked up. He was unable to correct the steering and drove into the river approximately 200 yards south of East Jackson Boulevard. 

The driver was able to get out of his vehicle and was on the roof of the car, police said.

The car floated down river near the seawall at East Jackson Boulevard and Marine Avenue.

An officer was able to reach down over the seawall and grab the hand of the driver who was still on top of the car. The officer was able to pull the driver up to safety, police said.

The driver was transported to the Elkhart General Hospital for non-life threatening injuries.

The vehicle continued to float a couple of hundred yards down river where it came to a rest.

Police said Thursday at 10 a.m. that Elkhart Fire Department units and a wrecker crew were in the process of retrieving the vehicle from the river.


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