Four men rescued after their pickup truck plunges into Lawrence canal

Four men rescued after their pickup truck plunges into Lawrence canal

LAWRENCE, Mass. — Four men were rescued Sunday night after their pickup truck plunged into the North Canal in Lawrence.

Around 9:40 p.m., the men were traveling southbound on Franklin Street when the driver lost control. The pickup truck crossed Canal Street, smashed through a barrier, and fell into the canal.

Three of the men in the icy water pushed one up the canal wall numerous times. Once he got on solid ground, he called for help.

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Lawrence Fire Chief Brian Moriarty said members of Lawrence fire Ladder 5, Engine 5, Ladder 4 and rescue responded.

Acting Fire Lt. Eric Humphrey and firefighter Wilson Ventura went into the water as ladders were placed in the canal along the wall.

They rescued the three remaining men.

They were taken to Lawrence General Hospital with non-life threatening injuries, including hypothermia. No firefighters were injured.

Crews removed the truck from the canal Monday afternoon.

A friend of one of the men said that three of them have been released from the hospital, while one remains for further testing.

Police are blaming the crash on the weather and say they don't expect to file any charges.