WESTPORT — A car was found at the bottom of an embankment Thursday with no driver in sight.

“Initially it seemed there may be people in the car, but there wasn’t. It was a car that was stolen and ended up down the embankment,” Assistant Chief of the Westport Fire Department Brett Kirby said Friday.

At 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, the fire department received a call from a state Department of Transportation official about a badly damaged car that had fallen on its side on the embankment south of Exit 18.

Westport fire responded with three engines and a rescue car, a Thursday post on the Westport Fire Department Facebook page said.

Firefighters wore cold-water-rescue suits to search for victims in the car and the surrounding marsh area, the post said. No one was found in the car’s vicinity, Kirby said.

“Usually you’ll have a witness that will see the car go down the road,” Kirby said, adding that was not the case for this car. The department does not know how long the car was there before the transportation employee found it.

After the car was deemed unoccupied, it was brought up the embankment to Interstate 95 for removal, the Facebook post said.

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