Car drives into Lady Bird Lake, search for driver continues

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AUSTIN (KXAN) — Friday afternoon, crews were able to remove a car from Lady Bird Lake after it ended up in the water.

Austin firefighters say they believe someone had driven onto the trail and crashed into the water behind the Hyatt Regency Austin on Barton Springs Road. The area where the car drove in is in between South First Street and South Congress Avenue.

Austin-Travis County EMS tweeted about 911 calls where people reported the car sinking into the lake around 12:40 a.m. Friday morning. AFD rescue swimmers joined paramedics in the water trying to find a driver, but they found no one.

  • Crews are set to pull a car out of Lady Bird Lake that sunk in the lake early Friday morning. (KXAN photo/Julie Karam)
  • Crews are set to pull a car out of Lady Bird Lake that sunk in the lake early Friday morning. (KXAN photo/Julie Karam)
  • Crews are set to pull a car out of Lady Bird Lake that sunk in the lake early Friday morning. (KXAN photo/Julie Karam)

Austin Police say they tried to contact the vehicle owner but have not yet had success.

In a Friday afternoon update, police said the vehicle was recovered, but the dive team did not find the driver of the vehicle yet, if there was one.

Hikers and joggers may have to deal with some closures on the Hike and Bike Trail while work continues.

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