FRANKLIN COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) — First responders found themselves at the scene of a single vehicle accident on Saturday morning that left the driver injured and the car upside down in strong, frigid currents.
According to a spokesman for the Boones Mill Volunteer Fire Department, units were dispatched to the scene of an accident at 8:16 a.m. on Saturday after a vehicle hit an icy patch along Naffs Road and rolled over into a creek.
The department’s spokesman says that crews arrived at the creek to find an early 2000s Jeep Cherokee upside down in approximately three feet of rapidly flowing water.
While the initial dispatch reported a single occupant trapped in the vehicle, the driver managed to pull himself out of the car and avoid being washed downstream while waiting for units to arrive. The spokesman says the driver was transported to Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital with minimal injuries and hypothermia due to the cold water in the creek.
The first wrecker arrived at the scene within 20 minutes, but according to the department’s spokesman, it took approximately 45 minutes and a rotating crane from Foxfire Towing to remove the vehicle from the creek. Members of Boones Mill Volunteer Fire Department, Franklin County Sheriff’s Office, and Virginia State Police reportedly remained on the scene for about two hours.
Even though the entire car was totaled from the crash, the front end sustained the most damage. The department’s spokesman says the vehicle was removed and loaded onto the tow truck without spilling any gas or oil into the creek.
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