Firefighters warn against driving through water after weekend rescues

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LAWRENCEBURG, Ky. (WTVQ) – Four people were rescued from a river over the weekend, after trying to drive across the water on Rice Road.

According to the Anderson County Fire Department, the truck the four were in stalled out, and the current swept it down the river.

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The fire department says when they got there, two of those in the truck were out, walking along the bank. The other two were on top of the sinking truck, waiting for help.

Battalion Chief Marty Terry tells ABC 36, most of the time, you can drive, walk or even ride a bike on Rice Road, but any time it rains, it floods.

Terry says most locals know when not to drive across the river. Still, he says situations like this happen a lot.

Terry says it is important to note that there are plenty of other ways around.

“If you can’t cross this river right here, it’s not like you’re isolated from civilization,” said Terry. “You can go back around either way. It’s a little longer but it’s not that big of a deal.”

Swift water rescues like this aren’t just scary for those involved. They’re also scary for rescuers. Terry says he feels like these situations are worse than fighting fires.

Luckily, Terry says this was a “textbook rescue,” and everyone involved is okay.

“It had a happy ending this time,” said Terry. “But as a car gets washed down stream, even slowly, if it hits a snag it can slowly turn over and how ever many people are in the car will be that many dead.”

Terry wants this case to be a lesson to other drivers, warning you to “turn around, don’t drown.”