Hummer pulled from river

POWHATAN POINT – A white Hummer was pulled from the Ohio River on Wednesday around 10:30 a.m. near Belt Street in Powhatan Point.

The Powhatan Point Police, deputies from the Belmont County Sheriff’s Office, a trooper from the Ohio Highway Patrol and emergency personnel all responded when the incident happened late Tuesday night.

Belmont County 911 was called around 10 p.m. Tuesday when a tug boat crew member reported that someone who appeared to be intoxicated was climbing out of a white Hummer which was partially submerged in the river. They said the person ran away.

A resident on Belt Street said her neighbor heard someone yelling for help and was blowing a horn. First responders said there was no one in the Hummer when they arrived. It appeared the vehicle got caught on a set of stairs leading down to the river where it snagged and rolled over.

The owner of the vehicle suggested it was stolen. According to information, the owner left his keys in the Hummer and someone took it.

After several attempts failed to get the vehicle out of the river, crews gave up Tuesday night and returned Wednesday morning. They pulled the Hummer onto the bank. Bill’s Towing hauled it back onto the road.

The incident remains under investigation.