STERLING, Va. — Occupants of an SUV were able to escape safely after driving onto the ice covering the Potomac River and getting stuck.

Loudoun County officials say the incident occurred Monday near Algonkian Regional Park in Sterling. Several young adults drove the SUV onto the river, but the ice gave way and the SUV became stuck near the shoreline.

The incident is prompting rescue officials and others to issue reminders about the dangers of trying to walk, skate or drive on frozen bodies of water during the current wave of frigid temperatures.

Experts say that ice may appear to be thicker and stronger than it really is.

Author photo
The AP is one of the largest and most trusted sources of independent newsgathering. AP is neither privately owned nor government-funded; instead, as a not-for-profit news cooperative owned by its American newspaper and broadcast members, it can maintain its single-minded focus on newsgathering and its commitment to the highest standards of objective, accurate journalism.