One Dead After SUV Goes into Water in Superior

By KBJR News 1

December 4, 2011 Updated Dec 5, 2011 at 12:26 AM CDT

Superior, WI (Northland's NewsCenter) - The Superior Police Department responded to a call at approximately 10:30 this morning after a jogger reported seeing a car in the water at the end of 21st street in Billings Park.

The Superior Fire Department, Gold Cross, and a dive team—arrived on the scene to find a mostly submerged Ford Excursion in the water just out from the boat landing.

The vehicle—bearing North Dakota license plates—appeared to have driven off the end of North 21st Street at a high rate of speed and rolled down the hillside—uprooting trees—before coming to rest in the icy water below.

A female was found seat belted into the drivers seat. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

Initially authorities assumed the vehicle had driven onto the ice via the boat landing, but upon arrival it had become clear that wasn't the case.

"Normally that would be they had driven down onto the ice. That's how people get access onto the ice—from the boat launch. Well, it was apparent right away that they had come down from up above. The vehicle had come down the cliff from up above and that's how they ended up in the water," said Battalion Chief Scott Gordon.

The name of the woman has not yet been released pending the notification of the family.