Car falls through Lake Iroquois2/12/09

Feb. 12, 2009

By Tim Simard

Observer staff

The ice might be frozen solid on Lake Iroquois, but there were some open spots that allowed a car to break through the surface on Monday morning.

Williston police and fire crews responded to the lake a little before noon and found a car stuck in an ice-fishing hole about 150 yards from shore, according to Fire Department Captain Tim Gerry.

Gerry said the driver, a 17-year-old Hinesburg resident, was driving around a track that had been plowed on the ice and used by other vehicles over the weekend. When the teen driver brought his car onto the track, his driver’s side wheel fell into an auger hole for ice fishing. Gerry said when crews arrived, the car was stuck in place with frigid water bubbling up by the hole.

Gerry said the driver was unharmed and made it to shore without incident. Central Towing was called to pull the vehicle off the lake. Gerry said fire and police crews mostly stayed on shore for safety reasons.

“I saw the water and that was as far as I’d go,” Gerry said.

According to Gerry, no charges were filed in the incident and the driver agreed to pay the towing expenses. Gerry said the car did not have much damage.

With warmer temperatures and rainy conditions expected in the middle of the week, people should use caution before venturing onto the ice, Gerry recommended. And while frigid temperatures have been the norm for much of the winter, it’s always best to play it safe, he said.

“You’re putting yourself at risk and you’re putting your vehicle at risk,” Gerry said.