SIOUX CITY, Iowa — UPDATE: Police identified 69-year-old Gerald M. Reed of Smithland, Iowa as the driver of the pick-up truck that died after his vehicle went into the Missouri River on Saturday, Aug. 28th.
Police believe the weather and heavy rain played a factor in the accident, but it is still under investigation.
SIOUX CITY, Iowa — Sioux City Fire Rescue and the Urban Search and Rescue Task Force Dive Team have recovered a pick-up truck from the Missouri River in Sioux City Sunday, Aug. 29th.
Authorities say the driver lost control and drove into the river Saturday night during the heavy rainstorm.
Just before 10:30 p.m. Saturday, Sioux City Police got a call that a car lost control near mile marker 150 and drove into the Missouri River.
Rescue crews responded Saturday night, but weren't able to get the vehicle because of deteriorating conditions on the water.
Recovery efforts started back up Sunday morning and dive teams were able to pull the truck and the driver from the water around 11:20 a.m.
Rescue crews recover vehicle that drove into the Missouri River Saturday night. (Siouxland News)
Police say they have identified the victim and are working with his family.
His body was recovered from the vehicle and he was pronounced dead at the scene.
His remains were taken to UnityPoint Health-St. Luke's.
Sioux City Police will release more information Monday, Aug.30th.
At this time, they believe the weather and heavy rain played a factor in the accident, but it is still under investigation.