A man was critically injured by a car that lost control and wound up in the Delaware River early this morning, according to police.

Just before 2 a.m., a 2001 Subaru Outback exited I-95 at Washington Avenue and traveled across Columbus Boulevard onto the Pier 47 area, where the unknown man was struck, police said.

The Subaru also smashed through a fence, according to one report.

The car continued into the river, and the driver was swimming away as officers arrived, police said.

The driver and the victim were taken to Hahnemann University Hospital, where the victim was in critical condition with broken limbs and a fractured skull, police said.

The identity of the 30-year-old driver, who was not seriously injured, was being withheld pending charges.

A tow company was called to retrieve the car from the river.

The cause of the accident is under investigation.

Contact staff writer Peter Mucha at 215-854-4342 or pmucha@phillynews.com.

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