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Pickup plunges through ice on Lake Latoka

A 21-year-old man from Walker escaped serious injuries Wednesday evening after his vehicle broke through the ice on Lake Latoka.

A little after 6:30 p.m., January 7, the Douglas County Sheriff's Office was informed that a 2007 Chevy Silverado driven by Brady Anton Crow broke through the ice on the northwest corner of Lake Latoka.

According to the report, Crow was able to get out of his vehicle and was not injured. His vehicle reportedly came to rest about three-fourths of the way submerged into the lake.

The Douglas County Sheriff's Office reminds anglers and others on the lake to use extreme caution when venturing out onto the ice.

Bad ice conditions in some areas, along with slush and large snow accumulations on top of the ice, can make for a dangerous combination, according to the sheriff's office.

Tips from the DNR

The Department of Natural Resources Web site,, offers information if a vehicle breaks through the ice.

The best time to escape a vehicle, as noted on the Web site, is before it sinks, not after. The vehicle will stay afloat a few seconds to several minutes, depending on the airtightness of the vehicle.

This will provide time to get out of the vehicle.

While the car is still afloat, the best escape hatches are the side windows. If windows are blocked, try to push the windshield or rear window out with feet or shoulders.

When the car is completely filled, the doors may be a little easier to open unless they are blocked by mud and silt. Remember, chances are, the vehicle will be upside down, because of the weight of the engine.

For more information, visit the DNR's Web site at