FLASHBACK: TRIO BARELY ESCAPES TRAGEDY ON WEST FORK LOW-WATER BRIDGE - Car Nearly Swept Downstream

(04/27/2011)

Driver attempted to cross low-water bridge
with the river swollen from recent rain

Trio had to be rescued from vehicle which clung to the edge
of the bridge, as flooding waters continued to build pressure

Apri1 2011 - A driver and two passengers barely escaped being swept downstream Saturday evening in the swollen West Fork River, a few miles down Altizer Road from Arnoldsburg.

Susie Neal, 36, of Nebo said she attempted to drive across a low-water bridge near the intersection of Henry's Fork and the West Fork of the Little Kanawha, when the vehicle began floating toward the lower side of the crossing, barely lodging on a drain pipe.

Neal and Joseph Southers, 36, and his daughter, Cheyenne, 11, climbed to the top of the Chevy Cavalier, to be discovered by a motorist who called 911 for help.

THE RESCUE

Furr's wrecker and Arnoldsburg firemen
slowly edge to vehicle to effect rescue

The trio was rescued from the vehicle by personnel from Furr's Wrecker Service and members of the Arnoldsburg Volunteer Fire Department.

During the wait to be rescued, West Fork water raised about three inches, increasing water pressure to the lodged vehicle, which at times could be seen moving.

The water below the bridge was churning heavily, causing under currents in the swollen river, creating further risk if the vehicle broke away.

The WV State Police are investigating the accident.

All is well, that ends well ...


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