Person saved from pickup truck in Bedford County swift water rescue

Crews responded to Turner Branch Road

By Jeff Williamson - Digital Content Manager, Shayne Dwyer - Reporter

BEDFORD COUNTY, Va. - One person was rescued from a pickup truck by crews on Thursday night.

VDOT crews made the 911 call, which triggered the response and rescue on Turner Branch Road.

At the time of the call, two people were stranded; however, before crews arrived, the water receded enough for one driver to safely escape.

Credit: Stewartsville-Chamblissburg Fire Department

"Any swift water operation is a high hazard. What we call a low-frequency, high-risk incident. This could have been avoided by not, just by not going through high-water signs and being aware of your surroundings," said Capt. John Foutz.

A swift water rescue is happening right now as one person is stranded in a car in Bedford County.

Crews are responding to Turner Branch Road, which is near Stewartsville, according to the National Weather Service.

The Forest Volunteer Fire Department is assisting the Stewartsville-Chamblissburg Fire Department with the water rescue.

10 News has a crew heading to the scene and will continue to update this breaking story.

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