McGregor woman drives car into Mississippi River

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A McGregor woman escaped injury after driving her vehicle into the Mississippi River, by Lansing, Monday evening.

On Aug. 14, at 5:25 p.m., the Allamakee County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a person that had driven into the Mississippi River, off of Front Street, in Lansing.

According to a release from the sheriff’s office, the driver, Michelle Rose Timmons, 51, of McGregor, was able to escape from the vehicle and swim toward the shoreline. Bystanders helped her out of the water, but she then left the scene. 

Bystanders went to the Lansing Fire Station, notifying firemen that Timmons had driven her vehicle into the water.

Timmons was later located and taken into custody and transported to Veterans Memorial Hospital for treatment. The press release said Timmons was not injured in the incident, but she will be held for evaluation.

The vehicle was retrieved from the river at approximately 10:30 p.m. Monday. A dog was located deceased inside the vehicle, as a result of drowning, said the sheriff’s office.

The incident remains under investigation by the Lansing Police Department and Allamakee County Sheriff’s Office. Charges are pending.

Assisting at the scene were the Lansing Police Department, Lansing Fire and EMS, La Crosse Dive Team, Allamakee County Sheriff’s Office, Iowa DNR, Brennan Marine and Hennessy Towing.

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