Driver Saved From Drowning By Maintenance Crew

A 47 year old man from Hartfield Va had both an unlucky and lucky encounter this morning when his vehicle ran off the road and rested submerged in the Rappahanock River. The lucky part came when members of a maintenance crew were working on the bridge rescued the driver from drowning in the cold water.


According to a press release at 8:16 a.m. Wednesday (Nov. 17), Virginia State Police responded to a single-vehicle crash in Lancaster County.

A 2015 Toyota SUV was traveling eastbound on Route 3, when it ran off the left side of the road just before the R.O. Norris Bridge.

The Toyota went behind the guardrail, down an embankment of rocks and came to rest in the Rappahannock River.


The driver was rescued from the submerged vehicle by a maintenance crew that was already at the scene working on the bridge.

The 47-year-old male driver from Hartfield, Va., was transported to Rappahannock General Hospital for treatment of minor injuries.

A medical emergency is being investigated as a factor in the crash.

(Photo by Tom Saunders, VDOT)

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