First responders rescue driver swept of road by flood waters

Photo shows car in a field from flood waters.
Floodwaters carried a car into a field on Indigo Road near the intersection of 160th St. Between 4-5 inches fell in some places during about an hour.

By Laura Paulus

Flood waters from torrential rains Wednesday night stranded a driver for hours in a Marion County field before first responders could rescue him.

The incident tool place northeast of Goessel near the intersection of 160th St and Indigo Road.

According to Marion County Sheriff Robert Craft, sometime around 5 am, the driver of a Hyundai found his car carried off the road and into the field by floodwaters.

“The driver sat on top of his car to stay out of the water,” Craft said. “He then started walking to get help and found the water was waist deep,.”

Hillsboro Fire and Marion County EMS came to assist. Craft reported that they had to come around from the south since they were unable to access the car from the north due to flooding.

Craft said, “They reached the stranded driver at 5:24 a.m. and checked to see that he was okay. The driver decided to leave with friends who arrived to pick him up and refused medical treatment.”

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