SUV sinks crossing sand bar at Meldrum Bar Park; 1 dead, 2 injur - KPTV - FOX 12

SUV sinks crossing sand bar at Meldrum Bar Park; 1 dead, 2 injured

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An afternoon at Meldrum Bar Park on the Willamette River turned deadly Sunday after an SUV trying to cross a sand bar took on water and sank.

One man drowned, and two other people are being treated for hypothermia.

Two witnesses were fishing on the river, when they watched the small SUV cross a sand bar onto an island, then quickly turn back.

The SUV began to take on water, and the front end went under.

The two witnesses pulled up alongside one man but could not pull him out of the water.

Another man and woman were able to be taken out of the water.

Divers later found the missing man’s body and brought him to shore.

The fire department says the city of Gladstone has considered closing the bar, or at least putting up warning signs, but nothing has been done so far.

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