BREAKING NEWS: Two people killed after car plunges in canal in Bristol
The River Severn, Bristol
Dozens of emergency crew rushed to the scene in Bristol after the vehicle failed to stop after turning by a nearby road.
Witnesses described the car as "sinking like a stone" after it crashed through a barrier and into the city's Feeder Canal.
Two river diving teams were also deployed.
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The bodies of two people have been located following the road traffic incident
Avon and Somerset Police spokesman
Witness Steve Mallison, 44, said: "The car came down the road near Short Street and failed to stop when it got to the turning by Feeder Road.
"It went straight into the railings and literally went straight to the bottom.
"A middle aged couple in the street nearby were really traumatised by what they had seen.”
The studio boss added: "Loads of emergency services then raced down to the scene – I've never seen so many police cars and ambulances in quick succession.
"There's been a few cars which have gone in the river in the past 10 or 15 years we've been here, but none as bad as this.
Avon and Somerset Police said officers were called to the scene at around 6pm.
A force spokesman said: "The bodies of two people have been located following the road traffic incident off Feeder Road.
"The incident took place when a car, driving from the direction of Short Street, failed to stop on Feeder Road and drove into the canal.
"At this time, the vehicle has yet to be recovered, but we do not believe anyone else was inside the car at the time of the incident."
Police added several road closures are likely to remain in place "for some time" and are advising motorists to avoid the area.