The Latest: Police try to ID who is in car in Ohio River

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Posted: Mar 16, 2016 2:48 PM
The Latest: Police try to ID who is in car in Ohio River

NEWPORT, Ky. (AP) — The Latest on efforts to recover a car that fell from a bridge into the Ohio River and identify who might have been inside (all times local):

2:45 p.m.

Police are seeking help in an effort to identify who might have been in a car that crashed on a bridge and plunged into the Ohio River.

A police statement says anyone who isn't able to account for any friends or family who might have been traveling late Tuesday afternoon across the Combs-Hehl Bridge that carries Interstate 275 from Campbell County, Kentucky, to Cincinnati should call the department.

Campbell County Police Chief Craig Sorrell said 12 vehicles were involved in four separate accidents at rush hour on the bridge, creating a massive pileup.

Efforts to recover the vehicle that toppled over the bridge were suspended early Wednesday after officials cited concerns with the rising water level and speed of the current.

The statement says it will likely be Sunday or Monday before rescue teams can safely renew efforts to recover the vehicle and any occupants.

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11 a.m.

Search efforts have been suspended for a car that plunged into the Ohio River after a massive pileup on a bridge leading from Kentucky to Cincinnati.

Campbell County Director of Emergency Management William Turner said Wednesday that water rescue officials say it is unsafe to put divers back into the rising river. He said officials would likely reassess the situation Saturday.

Turner said officials still don't know how many people were inside the car when it toppled over the side of the bridge Tuesday.

Campbell County Police Chief Craig Sorrell said 12 vehicles were involved in four separate accidents at rush hour on the Combs-Hehl Bridge, which carries Interstate 275 from Campbell County, Kentucky, to Cincinnati. Rescue teams from several agencies searched the river for hours immediately following the crash.