Rescuers from across Upper Valley respond
HARTFORD - Two teenagers rolled down a steep embankment in their pickup truck into the Ottauquechee River, escaped from the sinking vehicle, left the scene and didn't bother to report the incident until after rescue crews from Hartford, Lebanon and Hanover dove down to their fully submerged truck, traced the license plate and gave them a call.
The ghostly outlines of the silver Toyota Tacoma truck sitting on the river bottom facing towards the north bank were first spotted by a particularly sharp-eyed motorist just after 7 a.m. Sunday morning and arriving police officers were not able to tell just from looking at it whether anyone was still inside.
The truck went off a steep embankment right at the scenic rope swing swimming hole
A Hanover Fire diver standing on the truck was still almost waist deep in the river
A cooler and a number of sports drink bottles floated to the surface when divers began searching the truck underwater
A diver looks for his gear in the back of his pickup truck
Hartford Police Chief Phil Kasten (center) confers with Major Brad Vail
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