Driver loses control, drives into lake at Hubbard campground

The driver said his brakes locked up, causing him to drive into the lake at the Chestnut Ridge Campgrounds

A car drove into a lake at a Hubbard campground.
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HUBBARD, Ohio (WKBN) – A car ended up in a lake Tuesday around 3:30 p.m. at a Hubbard campground, shutting down traffic for hours.

Police said a driver was traveling on Chestnut Ridge Road when he lost control of the car. The driver said his brakes locked up, causing him to drive into the lake at the Chestnut Ridge Campgrounds.

He was able to get out with only minor injuries to his hand, as one of the police officers pulled him out of the flipped-over car that was several feet underwater. There were no other passengers in the car.

“He has some cuts to his hand,” said William Droste of Hubbard Township Police. “However, ambulance came out and checked him out. He refused care. Other than being cold, he’s OK.”

Lorie Johnson heard the impact from her house.

“I saw the car in the water — the cop was standing there and pulling him out of the water,” Johnson said. “I ran back to the house and got him blankets and got him all warmed up and dried off. He had dirt all over him I wiped him all off.”

Hazmat was on the scene around 4:15 p.m.

The Brookfield Township Fire Department put a boat in the water to place oil containment booms around the car.

Some oil was visible on the surface of the lake, but fire officials said there’s no worry about environmental impact. The oil should be absorbed or burned off in the next few days.


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