CAMP ROBERTS — Five tourists were rescued after the vehicle they were in became trapped in flood water on Feb. 24 while they were driving to their rental cabin in southern Brown County.
Emergency responders were dispatched at about 11:30 p.m. to State Road 135 South near the intersection of Whalen Drive — otherwise known as the “first slab” — according to an incident report by Brown County Sheriff’s Deputy Josh Stargell.
He found five people sitting on top of a Mazda hatchback car with water flowing swiftly around it. The car was pinned against an Indiana Department of Transportation sharp curve sign.
The Brown County (Nashville) Volunteer Fire Department set up a ladder truck to assist with rescue on the north side of the scene, while conservation officers and another firefighter approached from the south side, the report said.
All five people — ages 26 to 31, all from Indianapolis — were taken to the Van Buren Township Volunteer Fire Department to be examined by EMS.
Driver Allison Weist, 26, told Stargell she was driving from the Brown County Inn to a rental cabin on Bellsville Pike when she came around the curve. She said she couldn’t see the high water until it was too late, even though there was a “high water” sign in place before the curve, Stargell reported.
Weist said she stopped in the water and turned the steering wheel, which caused the vehicle to start floating downstream, the report said.
All occupants were taken to their rental cabin by EMS. The vehicle was towed after the water receded.
Southern Brown Volunteer Fire Department also assisted.