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Truck discovered in Rochester retention pond, missing driver found safe


ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) -- Authorities solved a mystery Saturday afternoon after a truck was spotted submerged in a retention pond near Apache Mall, with no driver to be found.

Th 21-year-old driver from Preston was found safe hours after the investigation began.

Around 1 o'clock, a Pulver's tow truck driver saw a truck in the retention pond at Highway 52 and 12th Street Southwest.

The Rochester Fire Departments said the tow truck driver swam to the car and broke out the back window, trying to save whoever was inside.

“The tow truck driver actually called it in, he saw it driving by, he saw the tracks. He went in. The tow truck driver went over and broke out the back window and couldn't find anybody. So, we got the cable hooked up to the truck and towed the truck out,” said Rochester Fire Department Battalion Chief Eric Kerska.

Authorities eventually pulled the Chevy Silverado from the water, with no driver to be found.

The Olmsted County Sheriff's Dive Team searched the water for a body, but authorities later found 21-year-old Zachary Finley safe somewhere else.

Police believe the truck hit a light pole, fell into the pond, and was likely in the water for hours before it was found.

State Patrol is now reporting that the accident happened around 2 o'clock early Saturday morning, during heavy storms.

It's unknown if alcohol played a factor, where the driver went after the crash, or why it wasn't reported.

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