A man was found dead in a vehicle that crashed into the Roanoke River near Vic Thomas Park, according to a Roanoke police release.

Police and fire officials were dispatched to the park around 8:10 a.m. Saturday after a report of a vehicle being found in the river, near Black Dog Salvage. The swift water rescue team was called in soon after.

Crews worked on a white four-door Chevrolet SUV that was partially submerged in the frozen water. The vehicle crashed in the area of marker 21.5 of the Roanoke River greenway.

By 11 a.m. police, citing an ongoing investigation, had closed down access to the park as well as Hannah Circle, the street that connects Memorial Avenue to Vic Thomas Park.

The body was taken to the state medical examiner’s office, and the identity of the man had not been released Saturday.

Police spokesman Scott Leamon said Saturday afternoon that he believed the driver had been the only occupant of the vehicle.

Crews used a heavy excavator to remove the SUV from the river, and it was out of the water by about 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Leamon said. He said the park reopened around 4 p.m.

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