Fire department says car crash victim was rescued from creek


FORDSVILLE, Ky. (WEHT) – The Fordsville Fire Department said a person involved in a car crash was rescued from a creek and life-flighted with injuries described as “non-life-threatening but serious.”

This all happened Wednesday afternoon near Cane Ford Road outside Fordsville.

“Other people were searching and they had already located her prior to calling us,” says Fordsville Fire Chief Justin Cooper.

An injured person was found in a creek just off the road hours after an accident. Grayson County Sheriff Norman Chaffins says a vehicle hit a telephone pole earlier that afternoon. Deputies couldn’t find anyone at the scene, but found signs someone was there.

“We discovered a significant amount of blood on the door as well as inside the vehicle. We searched the area and did not locate anybody around the vehicle. We drove down to the county line and see if anyone had left walking,” said Sheriff Chaffins.

Chief Cooper says family and friends started searching the area later that afternoon to find the missing woman. Firefighters used a basket and a UTV to help get her out of the creek.

“This is a really deep creek and the banks on it are really, really steep, and they’re super slick right now. The water is down a little bit, so that helped us, but the banks were extremely, extremely slick,” Chief Cooper says, describing the conditions when getting the person out to safety.

Firefighters say that person was conscious, but was complaining of leg and other injuries. The injured person was flown to the hospital. Sheriff Chaffins says her injuries are consistent with ones involved in a wreck, but want to be sure she was the person who was injured.

Chief Cooper adds it’s common to see vehicles abandoned in rural areas after wrecks, but rare for an injured person to leave that area after an accident.

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(This story was originally published on August 8, 2019)

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