Cars fall into lake as ice melts in Wisconsin

Yesterday, a winter festival in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, took a chilling turn when more than a dozen cars sank into the icy lake.

Nobody was injured, although ten cars were likely totaled. Five other cars that were submerged were able to be driven from the scene after being freed from the lake.

People used the frozen lake as a parking lot, but as the day grew warmer, the ice grew weaker, eventually claiming the vehicles around 2 p.m.

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“I think the weight of those vehicles and the sun beating down on them loosened the ice up underneath them and caused them to break apart,” Lieutenant Ed Gritzner of the Lake Geneva Police Department told Fox 6.

Workers spent hours freeing the cars from the icy lake.

There had been about four rows of cars parked on the ice and the deepest the water got was 15 feet, according to Fox 6.

Winterfest draws thousands of spectators annually as part of the U.S. National Snow Sculpting Competition.

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