The front section of the vehicle was totally submerged in the creek water. WPSO Lieutenant Terry Harris removed his outer uniform shirt and equipment and entered the creek along with a bystander and firefighter. The men were able to turn the vehicle upright while two firefighters removed the female driver through the window of the vehicle and carried her to a waiting ambulance. No other persons were in the vehicle.
Ambulance personnel provided medical assistance to the driver and were able to obtain a pulse before transferring her to Riverside Medical Center in Franklinton. She then was transferred from Riverside to North Oaks Medical Center in Hammond where she expired.
The name of the victim is not being released at this time due to facts that she died in Tangipahoa Paarish and family notification details are currently unknown. The cause of the accident has not been determined.
Sheriff Randy Seal praised the work of all first responders who were on the scene. “Although a cold rain was falling and the water level of the creek was elevated due to rain in the area, the first responders did not hesitate to enter the icy cold water to rescue the driver. I applaud them for their heroic efforts in the midst of very trying circumstances. Unfortunately, the driver did not survive. I ask all of our citizens to join with me in prayer and support for the victim’s family.”