A woman in her late 60s was pulled away from the driver’s seat by a US Coast Guard helicopter.
She was later declared dead on the scene.
It was unclear how the car flowed into the Niagara River. Witnesses reported seeing it floating near the pedestrian bridge where it was supposed to have entered. The roads in this area were slippery due to the light snowfall.
Photos and videos taken by bystanders showed the car almost completely submerged, showing only part of the roof and open trunk hatch visible from the rapids early in the afternoon.
Police used the drone to determine that it was occupied.
Officials said the woman lived in the area. Her name was not disclosed until her relatives were notified.
After the rescue, the vehicle remained about 50 yards from the brink of American Falls, one of the three waterfalls that make up Niagara Falls. Onlookers saw the ambulance crew preparing to pull the vehicle out of the water.
The car stays underwater while the state park decides on the best course of action to get rid of it.
Investigations into how the car reached the river are ongoing.
(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)
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