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Driver found safe that witness said drove off I-95 bridge, into Cape Fear River

Posted July 12, 2020 10:40 a.m. EDT
Updated July 12, 2020 11:17 a.m. EDT

— The driver of a car that reportedly went missing along the Cape Fear River on Thursday night was found safe on Sunday morning, authorities said.

A witness told officials that two cars plunged into the Cape Fear River and drove off of an Interstate 95 bridge.

Officials said that the driver who was found safe on Sunday morning never drove their car into the water.

A water rescue search began along the river on Thursday, which was unsuccessful. The search was called off Friday evening.

Nine dive teams were in and out of the river Friday. Search teams also launched a drone and organized a second ground search to look for vehicle parts and other evidence.

Investigators believe that this was a possible road rage incident that led to an accident, near Exit 46 and NC Highway 87.

“They fell off the bridge and sunk down to the river,” a 911 caller said.

In the 911 call, the operator asked the caller if there were any people in the water.

The caller said, "No, no one has come up that we've seen."

The cars would have fallen about 75 feet to the water.

Vander Fire Chief Richard Bradshaw, who was one of the first people on the scene Thursday night, said he talked with a driver who stopped his car and dove into the water to help.