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Driver trapped in flood water rescued
County firefighters pull man to safety in Needles
NEEDLES • Firefighters in Needles rescued a driver Thursday night who had become trapped in 16 mile-per-hour flood waters.
San Bernardino County Fire Department personnel responded shortly after 9:30 p.m. to a report of the incident on Needles Highway, north of Interstate 40.
A man in a pickup truck had become stranded in the wash in the middle of a flash flood approximately 100 feet wide, according to a county fire news release.
Water was estimated to be three feet deep, authorities said.
The man was conscious and able to follow commands. Firefighters waited for flood water to subside before embarking on the rescue, according to the news release.
A shallow-water crossing rescue technique was used to get to the driver and pull him to safety.
No injuries were reported. The man told fire officials he had driven through two previously washed-out sections of the highway before he became trapped in the crossing.
Last Sunday, a 77-year-old woman died west of Needles after the Hyundai she was driving became caught in a flash flood near Highway 95, according to the San Bernardino County Sheriff-Coroner.
The woman, Jean Gizzy of Lake Havasu City, had been found still seatbelted in the driver’s seat after water carried her vehicle approximately two miles downstream, authorities said.
County fire officials say it’s never safe to cross roads covered by water.
Shea Johnson can be reached at SJohnson@DesertDispatch.com or 760-256-4126.