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Man dead after car plunges into the Mississippi

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    MOLINE, Illinois (WQAD) — A Davenport man is dead and another is in the hospital after their car went into the river just after 6 a.m. Sunday.

It happened on 23rd Street in Moline, near the Celebration Belle and River Drive.

Police say a construction employee arrived at work and noticed tire tracks in the snow and missing barricades in the parking lot. Then the employee noticed a hole in the ice and heard cries for help.

Police found a 21-year-old Davenport male lying in the snow, wet. He was transported to a hospital by MedForce and faces life threatening injuries.

According to a press release, police located a white Chrysler 300 passenger car submerged in eight feet of water, and an occupant, a 32-year-old male from Davenport.

Rescue and recovery efforts were coordinated by the Moline Fire Department, who was assisted by the Moline Public Works Department, Big River Rescue and Recovery dive team, and Cantrell’s Towing.

The Mississippi was covered in ice and air temperatures were around -4 when divers recovered the vehicle and its occupant, who was pronounced dead.

Alcohol is believed to be a factor.

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