Driver of pickup truck that went into canal located, issued citations

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 14 April 2024 at 8:46 pm

Photo by Tom Rivers

MEDINA – Medina police officer Felicia Holtz takes photos of a red pickup truck after it was pulled from the Erie Canal on Saturday morning by Automotive Solutions of Medina.

The driver of the truck was not in the vehicle and there were no footprints from the shallow water of the muddy canal on Saturday morning. Officials at the scene weren’t sure where the driver was or if the person was injured.

Medina Police Chief Todd Draper said the driver has been identified and issued traffic citations. Draper declined to release the driver’s name. Medina Fire Department officials said the driver is safe.

The truck was headed south on Route 63 (North Gravel Road) but failed to negotiate a right turn onto the lift bridge. The truck went straight and plunged into the Erie Canal, which currently is drained.