‘I don’t know how she got out of there,’ resident says of driver who ended up in Clark County creek

UPDATE @ 9:07 p.m. Brian Watson said he and his wife didn't know what to think when they heard a knock at the door. It was a young woman, barefoot, who had just driven her car off Crabill Road and into the North Fork Little Miami River at South Charleston.

Watson, who lives in the 3600 block of Crabill Road, said the woman was soaking wet and dripping blood on the front porch.

"She said 'I need help,' " Watson said. He and his wife wrapped her in blankets, mended her bloody hand, kept her calm and called 9-1-1.

"I don't how she got out of there.... I don't know how she made it," Watson said.

She may have crawled across the back seat and out the back window, he said authorities at the scene told him, noting the walk from the creek to his front door was about a half-mile.

"That's scary to see something like that. I'm glad we were there [at home]," Watson said.

UPDATE @ 8:35 p.m.:

A crane is being brought in to pluck the car out of the North Fork Little Miami River at South Charleston.

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A friend picked up the driver, a woman in her 20s, who was sobbing when we approached her for comment. Whether she was taken to a hospital was not made clear.

The woman was headed north on Crabill Road when the accident occurred, a Clark County sheriff's deputy said.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol is heading up the investigation. Troopers still on scene at 8:30 p.m. have made no comment about the accident or the investigation.

One lane of Crabill Road has been reopened to traffic in both directions.


Deputies and a rescue unit have been dispatched on a report that a car is on its top in a creek off Crabill Road in South Charleston.

The driver called 9-1-1 about 7:25 p.m. to report being forced off the road, that the car ended up in a creek. We’re hearing the driver suffered non-life threatening injuries.

We're also hearing the car is on its top in the creek and the driver made it to an address in the 3600 block of Crabill Road.

The location is believed to be in the area of the Rei Lakes area of the county, south of I-70.

Crabill Road is shut down at East Pitchin Road until further notice,

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