Vehicle Driven into Charles River in Cambridge; Both Passengers Escape to Safety

A car carrying two passengers was driven into the Charles River shortly before noon on Friday, and both people were able to make it to safety, Massachusetts State Police said.

The car was traveling down Memorial Drive when it went into the river in Cambridge near Western Avenue, police told The Boston Globe. The Marine Unit of the State Police and Cambridge Fire Department came on-site as workers attempted to lift the car from the waters.

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Adam Harding of 7News spoke to the driver of the car, who said someone pulled him from the water.

Live video of the scene from WCVB-TV shows a traffic backup at the Memorial-Western Ave. intersection.

Cambridge Police advised drivers to avoid the area due to “slow moving traffic.”

The vehicle was pulled from the river shortly before 1.