Two people rescued from water-filled ditch in LaPorte County

2014-01-19T20:33:00Z 2014-01-19T21:26:11Z Two people rescued from water-filled ditch in LaPorte CountyTimes Staff nwitimes.com
January 19, 2014 8:33 pm  • 

LAPORTE | Two people were rescued Sunday afternoon after a vehicle flipped over into a ditch with 4 feet of water, police said. 

LaPorte County Sheriff Major John Boyd said high winds and drifting snow caused the vehicle to flip over into a ditch at 1500 Ind. 39.

The driver and passenger, who were wearing seat belts, were able to use their cellphone to call for help, Boyd said. Firefighters from Hanna Township rescued the driver and passenger. 

Boyd said the driver and passenger didn't have serious injuries but had signs of hypothermia. He was not sure if they were transported to a hospital. 

LaPorte County was under a hazardous weather outlook Sunday. The National Weather Service warned of drifting snow and gusts of winds traveling at 35 mph. 

According to the National Weather Service, LaPorte County is expected to receive heavy lake-effect snow starting Monday afternoon with arctic air settling into the atmosphere Tuesday. Residents could see heavy snowfalls until Thursday. 

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