Riders escape after SUV gets stuck driving onto ice on Potomac River

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.