1970 El Camino towed from the Roza Canal

1970 El Camino towed from the Roza Canal

MOXEE, WA — The Roza Canal is shut down for most of Monday, while crews retrieved a car that rolled into the canal over a week ago.

Crews shut down the canal around 6:30 a.m., to allow towing crews to get close to a 1970 Chevrolet El Camino, trapped upside down in the canal.

On May 7, a 73-year-old man was pushing the car out of his garage, when it started to roll backaward.

The car ran over the man, who was trying to stop it, and crashed into the canal.

Roza Irrigation District managers say they worked to get crews out as soon as possible to prevent damage to the canal.

“We’ve got some concrete joints from last year’s drought that were installed, it could damage those as it went by, also if it were to become lodged, it could impede the flow [of water],” said district manager Scott Revell.

The car’s owner suffered a broken leg, no one else was injured in the incident.