Truck, Body Pulled from Erie Canal

November 15, 2010 Updated Nov 15, 2010 at 2:24 PM EDT

By WKBW Programming

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November 15, 2010 Updated Nov 15, 2010 at 2:24 PM EDT

TONAWANDA, NY (WKBW) - Just after 9 a.m. Monday morning a black Ford truck was pulled from the Erie Canal here at East Niagara and Fillmore in Tonawanda, the driver was still inside. Tonawanda Police said they got a call around five a.m. from a nearby resident who saw tire tracks going water. Now, authorities are trying to figure out what happened.

Tonawanda Police Media Officer Sergeant Tom Toth said emergency crews crowded the shoreline as they worked together to pull the truck out of the water.

"They activated their dive teams with the help of North Tonawanda. They put their boats in they got their divers ready to go in and it was about an hour and half process,"

Authorities said the truck went off the road, hit a lamppost, and then went over the edge into the water. At first, it was hard for emergency crews to see because the vehicle was about 10 feet off the shore but divers quickly located it. Divers also found the lamppost that was hit.

Nearby resident Jack Hailand said it's not a dangerous road.

"Why someone would divert of the road into the water is beyond me, I have no idea," Hailand said.

Authorities said there are still a lot of questions to be answered but they are working to find out exactly what happened.

Police do say this was a one-car accident. they are not looking for another car involved. They also said there was only one victim. They are not searching the water for any more bodies. Authorities are also trying to figure out how long the car was submerged.

The investigation is ongoing at this time.