HACKETTSTOWN, NJ (Warren County) – A car rolled into the Musconetcong River on Thursday afternoon in Hackettstown.
On June 29, at around 2:03 p.m., police responded to the rear of the Scrub-A-Dub Car Wash, located at 20 Route 57, for a report of a vehicle in the Musconetcong River, police said.
When officers arrived, a 2008 BMW was observed in the river, police said.
The owner of the vehicle reported to police that he entered the automatic car wash booth and it wasn’t operating properly. He then backed out, placed the vehicle in neutral and pulled the emergency hand-brake before getting out to find staff to assist him, police said.
When he got out, he walked away, then turned back and the car was observed rolling down the embankment and into the Musconetcong River.
The vehicle sustained flood damage to the interior and no hazardous materials from the vehicle leaked into the river. Mike’s Auto Body responded to remove the vehicle from the river, police said.
After the vehicle was removed from the river, the officer observed the emergency hand-brake lever was all the way disengaged and the owner told the officer the brake must have failed and disengaged, police said.
No injuries were reported.
Assisting at the scene was the Hackettstown Fire Department.