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Woman ‘intentionally’ drove into river at brink of Niagara Falls before dying


The woman who died after her car entered the Niagara River on Wednesday deliberately drove into the waterway, investigators said.

“At this point in the investigation, entry into the water appears to be an intentional act,” New York State Park Police Capt. Christopher Rola told the Buffalo News in a Thursday statement.

After going in the water, the car came to a rest about 100 to 150 feet from the American Falls.

The terrifying incident triggered a caught-on-camera rescue by the Coast Guard — as a diver was lowered down from a chopper and able to retrieve the woman.


But the driver, who authorities said was in her 60s, was later pronounced dead. She was the sole occupant of the car.

As of Thursday, her vehicle remained in the river — inching closer to the edge, the report said.

A first responder clings onto a woman after rescuing her from her submerging car in the Niagara River in Niagara Falls, New York on Dec. 8, 2021.
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Spectators watch the woman’s car submerge on the brink of Niagara Falls.
Spectators watch the woman’s car submerge on the brink of Niagara Falls.
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One person is dead following a dramatic scene along the upper Niagara River on Wednesday December 8, 2021.
The woman’s car is still in the Niagara River — inching closer off the cliff of Niagara Falls, according to a report.
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Police have not identified the driver, but she was reportedly from the Buffalo-area.

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