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Charge Filed In Flood Rescue

Emergency services personnel rescued three occupants of a pickup truck Monday afternoon after the driver attempted to cross a flooded road and became stranded, according to Kirby Saunders, Halifax County Emergency Services coordinator.

Saunders said emergency responders from Clover, Triangle and South Boston Fire Departments, Halifax County Rescue Squad and Halifax County Emergency Service were dispatched at approximately 2:30 p.m. Wednesday to Black Walnut Road (Route 600) for a vehicle in high water with trapped occupants.

When they arrived at the scene, rescuers found a small Chevrolet pickup truck with Jessica Anderson and two small children stranded approximately 160 feet from dry land, Saunders said.

Anderson said she had attempted to cross the flooded Black Walnut Creek because she believed the road was passable, according to Saunders. Anderson drove approximately 200 yards until the truck stalled in about three feet of water, he added.

Anderson and the children were stranded for approximately 30 minutes before two responders made their way in a non-motorized boat to the stranded truck and brought the three back to safety, Saunders said. None of the three was injured as a result of the incident, he added.

VDOT officials said the area of the incident was properly marked with road closure signs and barrels. A total of 12 emergency personnel responded along with one truck from the Clover Volunteer Fire Department, two ambulances and a rescue vehicle from the rescue squad and the Halifax County ladder truck, said Saunders, who also responded to the scene.

Trooper K. R. Martin charged Anderson with failure to obey a highway sign.