UNION CITY – Flood waters flowing over a roadway may be to blame for a Wednesday afternoon single-vehicle accident outside of Union City. At approximately 2:30 p.m., Union City Fire and Rescue along with Deputies from the Darke County Sheriff’s Department were dispatched to the area of Beamsville-Union City Road, just west of Hillgrove-Ft. Recovery Road, in regards to a vehicle off the roadway, submerged in high water.
According to the Darke County Sheriff’s Department, a preliminary investigation into the accident has revealed that a white Pontiac Sunbird was traveling westbound on Beamsville-Union City Road when the driver failed to notice high water signs posted along the side of the road, driving into high water flowing from a flooded field. The driver lost control of the vehicle and traveled off the right side of roadway coming to rest in nearly three feet of water. Both the male driver and his female front seat passenger were able to escape the vehicle without injuries. As a result, deputies cancelled the response of fire and rescue. County and township personnel were requested to the scene to place additional signs and assist in the closure of the roadway.
The Darke County Sheriff’s Department reminds drivers to watch for signs posted to warn of high water and closed roadways. Driving through high water is never a good idea. The National Weather Service urges drivers to always “Turn Around and Don’t Drown.”
The National Weather Service on June 19 at 10:43 a.m. EDT has issued a Flash Flood Watch for the Darke County area that also includes other portions of Ohio, Indiana and Kentucky. The Flash Flood Watch is expected to remain in effect until June 20 at 8 p.m. With the ground already saturated and rivers and streams running high, the potential flash flooding will be high. Thunderstorms could produce rainfall rates of 1 to 2 inches an hour. Additional showers and thunderstorms are expected on Thursday and the risk of flash flooding will continue through Thursday evening.
The accident will remain under investigation by the Darke County Sheriff’s Department.