Driver who crashed car into Rouge River in Dearborn describes accident

Posted at 7:11 PM, Jul 26, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-26 19:11:03-04

The driver of a red Ford Fusion tells us he was parking his car at a hotel parking lot, when he accidentally hit the gas and ended up rolling down a 60 foot embankment into the Rouge River.

It happened at about 2:30 pm and someone immediately called 911.

From there rescuers were able to help the man and his niece to safety.

A tow truck driver also arrived on scene at Telegraph and Michigan Ave., and helped pull the car out.

That driver who chose not to be identified says, "When I got there I went to hit the brakes, but instead hit the accelerator."

Tonight, he's happy no one had to go to the hospital.