ULSTER TOWNSHIP, BRADFORD COUNTY – (WBRE/WYOU) A tragic story out of Bradford County, as the body of a man and his young son have been recovered from the Susquehanna River after a day-long search.
It all began Friday night.
“It was kind of crazy, I mean it doesn’t really happen…not around here,“ said Allie Campbell of the Ulster Township Recycling Center.
Around 10:00 Friday night, 911 calls came in of a car going into the Susquehanna River in Athens Township with three people inside.
A woman inside the car got out.
The man and child did not.
According to Athens Township Police, a man and his infant were pulled from the river Saturday evening. They were both dead, still inside of the vehicle.
“When I heard about it, we were actually…my boyfriend and I were at the scene. We actually had to turn around. There was nothing but fire trucks and ambulances and rescue crews. There was actually people all the way from Athens to down here in Ulster across the Sheshequin Bridge,“ said Campbell.
For nearly eight hours Saturday, dive teams braved the cold waters, trying to find the father and son.
12 different fire and EMS agencies from Bradford and Wyoming Counties have helped with the search. The community says they are praying for some relief.
“It’s just very disheartening. It’s very sad, and my heart goes out to everybody involved and everybody that lost somebody that day,“ said Campbell.
Athens Township Police identified the victims as 29-year-old Derek Marshall of Athens and his one-year-old son, Maddox.
They were found this afternoon shortly after 3 o’clock.
The child’s mother, 31-year-old Emily Hoey, survived.
Police say moments before the crash, they spotted the victims’ car traveling at a high rate of speed on Sheshequin Road before losing sight of the vehicle.