Update: Victims identified from Smith River crash along Hwy 199

Recovery efforts of a Volkswagen Jetta in the Smith River along Hwy 199 on Thursday afternoon. (Via Del Norte Ambulance/KTVL)

UPDATE (Friday, March 15, 2019)

Del Norte County Sheriff's Office confirmed to News 10 that Casey Wagoner, 17, and Madrone "Brook" Jackson, 19, both of the Grants Pass area, were recovered from the vehicle.

This is a developing story and will be updated as more information becomes available.


ORIGINAL Thursday, March 14, 2019

A vehicle was recovered on Thursday from the Smith River along Highway 199 in Gasquet, California.

California Highway Patrol tells News 10 they received a call around 11:30 a.m. for car in the river at mile marker 19.6

Two people were inside of the vehicle and did not make it out.

According the CHP - Crescent City, the vehicle involved was a white Volkswagen Jetta. The driver was a male, with a female passenger in the right front-side of the Jetta.

As the highway opened to two lanes in each direction, the Jetta moved into the left lane. The Volkswagon lost control and slid to the right, across both southbound lanes of US-199 and off the roadway. As the car ran off the road, it traveled down a steep embankment, striking a large tree. After hitting the tree, the car plunged into the Smith River, where it became completely submerged under water.

Both occupants succumbed to injuries, resulting from the crash.

Recovery efforts began shortly after 1:30 p.m.

Numerous agencies including Gasquet Fire and Smith River Fire responded to assist.

The crash is still under investigation and it is unknown whether alcohol or drugs were a factor.

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