Car goes into water in Farmers Branch

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State troopers are still investigating the cause of a crash that sent a motorist into a body of water Sunday afternoon in Farmers Branch.

Sgt. Lonny Haschel, a spokesman for the Texas Department of Public Safety, said a 911 call came in about 1 p.m. about an accident involving a silver Mazda 3 traveling southbound on the Bush Turnpike near Valley View Lane.

Haschel said the car went into the grassy median between the southbound and northbound lanes of the turnpike. The car traveled 60 yards before going over an embankment, dropping 35 feet, and traveling another 30 yards to land in the water, which Haschel said appeared to be a retention pond.

The driver and his dog were assisted out of the vehicle by bystanders, who also notified first responders.

The driver was taken by Farmers Branch fire and EMS to a hospital in Dallas, where he was in unknown condition. The dog was uninjured and being cared for, Haschel said.

— Bj Lewis


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