Rushville Republican

April 9, 2013

Vehicle rolls into waterway

Frank Denzler
Rushville Republican

RUSHVILLE — A report of a rollover accident with the driver trapped inside his vehicle was received at the Rush County Sheriff’s Department shortly before 3 p.m. Friday and resulted in multiple emergency response units being dispatched to CR 900W north of Base Road.

Nathan Tucker, a volunteer from Posey Township Volunteer Fire Department, was first to arrive and found a 2012 Chevrolet in a water-filled creek bed sitting on its passenger side.

The driver, later identified as 76-year-old William F. Laird, of Waldron, was still inside his vehicle.

After making verbal contact with Laird, Tucker waited for other responding units.

A short time later, additional assistance from PTVFD, the RCSD, Indiana State Police and medical personnel from Rush Memorial Hospital arrived on the scene. Working together, they were able to stabilize the rolled truck.

After firefighters secured the truck a ladder was used to span the distance between the Chevrolet and the steep creek bed.

After nearly 20 minutes, Tucker, a paramedic, was finally able to gain entrance to the vehicle via the driver’s side door. He tended to Laird’s initial injuries as other responders worked to remove the windshield to safely remove the Waldron man.

Following treatment at the scene, Laird was transported to Major Hospital in Shelbyville by a family member as a precautionary measure for unspecified non-life threatening injuries.

According to investigating officer deputy Daniel Meyer, Laird was northbound on CR 900W when his vehicle drifted off the east side of the county road and rolled onto its side as it entered the creek.

Contact Frank Denzler @ 765.932.2222 x106