(06/16/2003)

Victim removed from river bank after rescue workers perform CPR

Aaron Allison of Chloe (right) and friend attempted to rescue victim

Monday 8:30 PM - A 16-year-old Arnoldsburg girl drowned when her vehicle plunged into the rain-swollen West Fork River on Altizer Road Monday evening.

The vehicle was submerged when witnesses to the accident hooked a chain to the 1995 Chevy Lumina, attempting to remove the girl from the water.

She was taken to Roane General Hospital by Calhoun EMS. Her name will be released later this evening, after notification of next of kin.

Calhoun EMS and members of the Arnoldsburg VFD did CPR for an extended period of time on the girl, whose body was pulled to the stream bank.

Aaron Allison of Chloe and another occupant of his truck met the victim's car traveling toward Arnoldsburg near the intersection of Sinking Springs Road. They called 911 and attempted to rescue the girl after it went into the river.

Craig Gherke dives to check for other victims

Furr's wrecker pulls vehicle from river

Sheriff Allen Parsons said it is likely the victim's car went onto the berm prior to meeting an oncoming vehicle. After pulling the car back on the road, she apparently lost control and plunged into the river. The car missed two trees which might have stopped the vehicle.

Rescue workers feared the car had other occupants. Craig Gherke, a diver with the Grantsville Volunteer Fire Department, checked the submerged vehicle, finding it unoccupied.

Arnoldsburg Fire Chief Fred Waybright said firemen and rescue workers were on the scene quickly.

The accident happened shortly before 5:30 p.m.

Sheriff Allen Parsons inspects victim's car

Driver loses control, plunges in river, missing trees

Update will follow.


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