2 dead after car crashes into Licking River, resulting in hours-long search

Rescue crews pulls vehicle out of water at mouth of Licking River

COVINGTON, Ky. (FOX19) - Two people were found dead in a car that drove off Riverside Drive into the Licking River Tuesday afternoon, according to the Covington Police Department.

Search crews pulled the car out of the water almost three hours after Kenton County dispatch reported it had crashed into the river.

The incident happened at Shelby Street and Riverside Drive around 12:20 p.m.

Covington Police and Fire Departments responded, as did Boone County Water Rescue, the Coast Guard, the Cincinnati Police Department and the Newport Police Department.

Cables were lowered from a crane into the water shortly before 3:50 p.m. Crews began lifting the car out of the water around 4:20 p.m.

By 5 p.m., the car was out of the water. Crews spent several minutes placing a tarp over the car and took care to adjust it as the crane pulled it up.

Surveillance video taken around 12:05 p.m. from a house on Riverside Drive appears to show a car driving toward the same ledge from which the car pulled out of the river descended into it.

A man can be seen chasing after the vehicle.

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