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Woman rescued after accidentally sliding her vehicle into strip pit

Friday, December 28, 2007

Using a ladder as a walkway, emergency response personnel helped Jacquelyn Miller safely get out of her SUV after accidentally driving into a strip pit south of Staunton Friday afternoon. Ivy Jackson Photo.
A slick spot led to a tight spot for a woman who accidentally drove into a strip pit in the fishing area south of Staunton Friday afternoon.

"I'm a little cold, but OK," Jacquelyn Miller, 43, said after being helped from her vehicle by firefighters of the Posey Township. Vol. Fire Dept. "I knew they would take good care of me. They're just great."

While traveling southbound on Cory/Staunton Road, Miller hit a slick spot in the road with her 2003 Chevy Trailblazer just south of County Road 500 N.

"Miller said her vehicle started sliding and she tried to break to stop but accidentally hit the accelerator instead," Clay County Sheriff's Deputy Josh Krause said at the scene. "She drove off the east side of the road and into a strip pit, where the SUV sunk in the water."

Submerged to a point just below the door windows, Krause said the vehicle was probably a total loss because of water damage.

According to officials at the scene, this is the second time in the past week that a motorist has left this particular stretch of road because of winter weather conditions and driven into the strip pits.

"It is not quite ice on the road today, but the weather conditions are right to create slick spots," Clay County Sheriff Mike Heaton said at the scene. "People need to pay attention to the weather while driving, take appropriate precautions and slow down."

Members of Clay County Search and Rescue and TransCare assisted at the scene.

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