Three men killed when SUV crashes into Grand Lake

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Reported by: Ian Silver
Updated: 11/23/2013 11:11 am Published: 11/22/2013 1:48 pm

Distraught parents gathered near the boat dock this afternoon, anxiously waiting for word from divers on whether their children were inside the SUV.

The vehicle landed upside down in the water, but the divers were able to rig the car with air bags to float it to the surface, then towed it back to the dock.

Investigators said around 9:30 a.m. Friday somebody noticed the guard rail had been hit and there were skid marks leading over the cliff and called 911.

"We're assuming it's been that probably it just happened within the last 24 hours," said Trooper Eric Gibe with the Oklahoma Highway Patrol.

Troopers said the vehicle was driving northbound on a county road and for reasons unknown, the vehicle lost control, hit a guardrail, struck a tree and traveled off an 80 foot embankment, over turned 1/2 time coming to rest on it's top in approximately 12 feet of water in Grand Lake

The car landed upside down in the water.

"Eighty to 100 feet. It's quite a bit further than we had initially thought. When you're standing up above it looking down you don't really realize how far it is until you walk around the corner there and look at it," said Gibe.

Divers went down to rig the vehicle with large airbags.

"Try to raise it up enough to where they can hook a tow boat onto it and pull it around to the dock and we can complete our investigation," he said.

Neighbors told FOX23 News it never got cold enough to create ice in the area overnight, but there was quite a bit of rain.

There is a street light within feet of the accident site, but neighbors said it can still be pretty dark.

"They said that they have had vehicles go off there before. I don't know the outcome of those accidents. But they said they have had more than one goes off there before," said Gibe.

Stay with FOX23 as we gather more information about this accident.

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