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