Car in Missouri River

Sioux City Fire Rescue and the Marine Emergency Response Team search the Missouri River after a report of a car going into the river Monday afternoon. The search for the car resumed Tuesday morning.

Tim Hynds, Sioux City Journal

SIOUX CITY | Area rescue agencies searched the Missouri River late Monday afternoon after a vehicle reportedly drove off a riverfront road and into the water. 

Sioux City Police received a report shortly before 4:20 p.m. that a small compact car had driven into the Missouri River near the 200 block of Larsen Park Road in Sioux City, according to a news release. 

Police, Sioux City Fire Rescue, the Marine Emergency Response Team, the Iowa Department of Natural Resources and South Sioux City Police Department responded to the scene and searched for the vehicle and possible occupants.

The search was suspended for the day around 8 p.m. due to darkness. 

Sioux City Fire Rescue Capt. Dave Ahlers said authorities were unsure whether a person or people were inside the car.

"We were treating (the rescue) as though someone was, but we don't know for sure," he said. 

The release said witnesses told authorities they saw a small brown vehicle floating in the river before it submerged. The investigation is ongoing. 

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