Two people died Saturday afternoon in Merced County after their car, which had been traveling at high speed, veered off the roadway and ended up in a canal, according to the California Highway Patrol.
The bodies of a man and woman, both believed to be Latino and in their 20s, were recovered after a local tow company pulled the car from the water, according to CHP Officer Moises Onsurez, public information officer for the Merced County office.
The crash was reported just after 12:45 p.m. on Cunningham Road in Le Grand. Onsurez said the 1995 Honda Accord, driven by the woman, had been traveling south on Cunningham when it went off the roadway about a mile north of Santa Fe Avenue. It crashed into a power pole and went into the Le Grand Main Canal.
The car was completely submerged, Onsurez said.
The Accord was recovered from the canal about 1:30 p.m. Dive teams from the Merced County Sheriff’s Office went into the water to search in case there had been more passengers in the car, which was registered out of Planada, he said.
Witnesses at the scene reported that the car was moving at high speed and was “accelerating when the collision happened,” Onsurez said.