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Vehicle Retrieved from Holding Tank at Water Treatment Plant

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The Corpus Christi Police Department dive team had a real mess on their hands Friday morning after a truck crashed into the water at the Owen Stevens Water Treatment Plant.

At last report, the water there was not compromised.

"We're looking at the water quality, whether it will change or not," said Ivan G. Luna, plant manager of the Owen Stevens Water Treatment Plant. "We don't anticipate that we'll have a problem, but anyway, we have different layers of protection. This is what you are seeing right now, is the beginning of one of them. We protect the intake structure before it even goes to our drains, so we are not concerned."

Police said it was around 4:30 a.m. when the driver of the truck called police to say that he had crashed his vehicle into the water. He was traveling down the 1300 block of Hearn Road when the accident happened.

The man was able to free himself from the submerged vehicle, but fled the scene before police arrived.

"The hit and run officers are going to want to talk to him and get the specifics in the crash itself, because obviously, it's kind of an open road," said Lt. Michael Pena with the Corpus Christi Police Department. "There's not very many obstructions. To travel such a distance off the roadway, up an embankment, into the water treatment facility, seems a little bit odd."

The driver could be facing a number of charges, including failure to stay and report a crash. Police are still investigating.

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