Car Falls Into Second River Canal in Belleville

There were no serious injuries reported when a car crashed then fell several feet down into a canal in Belleville on Monday evening.

According to a preliminary report, police were called to the vicinity of Mill Street and Union Avenue to investigate reports of a car crash with injuries.

Upon arrival, Belleville emergency responders noticed a car down in the Second River canal shortly before 9:15 p.m.

Firefighters were able to locate the driver of the car who did not suffer serious injuries according to reports.

Police say the driver lost control of the car, entered a small portion of Branch Brook Park then landed about 12ft down the canal.

Officials said the canal had less than a foot of water. From its source in West Orange to the Passaic, the Second River is approximately five miles (8 km) long, according to published information.

From West Orange, the Second River/Watsessing River generally passes easterly through the towns of Orange and East Orange, where it is joined by Wigwam, Parrow, and Nishuane Brooks, then turns slightly to the north (though still generally easterly), and enters the town of Bloomfield.

According to the report, after leaving Bloomfield, it enters the town of Belleville (which was, early in its history, also named "Second River"), and turns slightly to the south (though still generally easterly).

Soon into Belleville, it forms the border between Belleville and Newark. Finally, it joins the Passaic River, on its way to Newark Bay according to published reports.

The cause of the crash is under investigation.