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Green Bay Police: one dead after car ends up in Fox River

Breaking: Car drove off a Green Bay bridge into the Fox River
Posted at 10:32 PM, May 06, 2023
and last updated 2023-05-08 14:01:03-04

UPDATE: Green Bay Police say one person is dead after a car ended up in the Fox River in downtown Green Bay on Saturday.

Police say they're investigating the cause of a crash at the Ray Nitschke Memorial Bridge.

Authorities got the call just before 7 p.m. Saturday for a black car reported by witnesses going under water with a person inside the car, according to police.

Police say the car and the body were pulled from the river at around 11 p.m.

Police say the bridge was temporarily closed. It reopened at 11:30.

The Green Bay Metro Fire Department responded for rescue and recovery efforts and assisted the police department's dive team throughout the night, according to police.

The family of the victim has asked the name of the deceased not be released.

Police say the Brown County medical examiner will schedule an autopsy.

The Brown County Sheriff's Office also provided assistance.

Police are not releasing any additional details at this time.

Anybody who has information related to this case is asked to call Green Bay Police at (920) 448-3200 and reference case #23-223803. Those who wish to be anonymous can call Crime Stoppers at (920) 432-STOP (7867). They can also submit a tip online at, or use the P3 Tips app.

ORIGINAL STORY: Around 7:00 p.m. tonight Green Bay Police were sent to the Ray Nitschke Memorial Bridge for reports of a car in the Fox River.

According to police, the car was going eastbound on Dousman St. when it drove off the road and into the river.

Police said they did not see anybody exit the vehicle after it went in the water.

“We have not located the vehicle yet, but our boats are still in the water,” said Captain Jeff Brester, Green Bay Police Department.

The road and bridge will be closed until further notice tonight. Police suggest using the Bart Starr Memorial Bridge as an alternate route.

“Once we locate the vehicle, we have our dive team standing by, they’ll go into the water, search the vehicle, recover anyone that is within the vehicle,” said Captain Brester. “If it does start lightning out, we’re going to pull our divers from the river, then we’ll continue in the morning. If that would happen, we’ll keep the road closed all night long just to preserve the scene."

We’ll update this story as we learn more.