Firefighters attempt to rescue person from submerged car - KCTV5

Trapped driver dies after car plunges into Brush Creek

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A man died Sunday after the car he was driving suddenly rolled into Brush Creek.

Authorities were dispatched about 9:25 a.m. after witnesses saw the car drive into the creek near Blue Parkway and Cleveland Avenue.

"Witnesses reported a silver Buick was traveling northbound on Cleveland when it left the roadway to the east and went over the embankment and into Brush Creek," according to a statement from police.

A pedestrian then jumped in to attempt to rescue the driver in the car, but was unsuccessful. 

A Kansas City Fire Department dive team pulled the unconscious driver from car, as paramedics worked to resuscitate the man, described to be middle-aged, but were unable to revive him.

The man was trapped in the car for about 50 minutes. He was taken to an area hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Firefighters say they train for rescues on cold days like Sunday.

"Our crews train extensively in conditions such as this, whether it be water rescue or whatever rescue.  They have dry suits for this type of rescue, and they were pretty adept to getting in there, getting into the car and getting the victim out of the car," said Battalion Chief James Garrett, a fire department spokesman.

The victim was named as 68 year-old Melvin Thomas, Sr. Investigators are still trying to figure out what caused the car to crash.

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