Rescued driver to be cited for disregarding danger

The top of a 2013 Scion can be seen underwater after police say the driver disregarded signs marking a high-water road closure on 400S northeast of Huntingburg this morning. (Photo provided)


From Local Sources

HUNTINGBURG — The Dubois County Sheriff’s Department says a driver rescued this morning after disregarding signs marking a high-water road closure will be getting a ticket.

The sheriff’s department, Huntingburg Volunteer Fire Department and Memorial Hospital Emergency Medical Services responded at 7:04 a.m. today to assist a motorist who had driven into high water near over County Road 400S east of U.S. 231 and near County Road 130W.

The driver, 22-year-old Sean Clark, of Lincoln City, had been able to exit his 2013 Scion and was standing on the roof when emergency crews arrived, according to the sheriff’s department.

The vehicle had been swept off of the flooded roadway into a ditch. It was submerged in 5 feet of water.

Fire Chief Scott Patberg said the submerged car was about 100 feet from dry land when personnel arrived. Two firefighters donned water rescue vests secured by ropes and walked a third rescue vest out to Clark, who was then led to safety.

Clark was checked out by EMS and declined to be transported for treatment.

The sheriff’s department said the car was not able to be retrieved at the time of the call. The car, which is a total loss, will be removed from the scene at a later time, according to police.

“Drivers are reminded to never attempt to drive through high water and be aware of signs marking closed roadways,” Sgt. Stuart Wilson said in a sheriff’s department media release on the water rescue.

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