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Body Found In Car That Plunged Into James River

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RICHMOND, VA—Rescue crews have found a male body inside a vehicle that plunged into the James River near Rocketts Landing late Tuesday night.

The man's body was discovered Wednesday afternoon as crews pulled the vehicle from the water.

Crews searched the water Tuesday, but officials said low visibility prevented them from determining if anyone was inside the vehicle when it plunged into the river. 

Crews suspended the search overnight, but returned Wednesday, positioning buoys around the vehicle, preparing to pull it from the water.

Witnesses and bystanders jumped into the river, attempting to help save anyone inside the vehicle, when the car hit the water Wednesday.

"Car came down Water (Wharf) Street right here,  really fast whipped into the parking lot, came in, made a right at a high rate of speed in between the pile and the jersey wall, shot off the dock," said Michael Erwin, who witnessed the incident.

Erwin told 8News it appeared the vehicle's windows were up when it hit the water, and that he didn't see anyone exit the vehicle.

"It hit the water, and it flipped over upside down and the current was kind of bringing it past the bay," said Don Bailey, who witnessed the incident.

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