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Driver Enters Closed Road, Requires Swift Water Rescue

The incident occurred on Maryland Route 24.

UPDATE (Thursday)—A 49-year-old woman who entered a closed road was rescued by a Maryland State Police trooper Wednesday night on Maryland Route 24, according to a news release.

With volunteer firefighters on the way to the 3900 block of Rocks Road, Cpl. Ray Domico waded through waist-high water to rescue a Pylesville woman.

Domico escorted the woman back to try ground, neither of them injured.

The woman was driving a Suburban, with no passengers, when the vehicle got stuck in the water running across the road. It stalled after the woman put it in park, according to the dispatcher. It remained stuck Tuesday morning, according to a release.

Rich Gardiner September 08, 2011 at 01:21 PM
No road closed signs are optional. No flooded road is worth a good try. Crossing past these signs not only puts you in danger it also puts in danger the people who have to come get you out.
Nick September 08, 2011 at 03:05 PM
I agree. This woman didn't feel like being inconvenienced and now in all likelihood ruined her vehicle. And no it's not hard to tell where a road is closed. It's where that big sign that says ROAD CLOSED is located. Driving through moving water is always a risky endevour. It is very hard to judge just how much water you are driving through or how fast it is moving and it's really amazing how little water it takes to sweep a vehicle away. Please heed these signs as they are put in place to keep people safe.
Wings September 08, 2011 at 04:59 PM
So because you don't think that "Road Closed" sign pertains to you, people now have to risk their lives to save you. Yea that makes sense. No one wants to be displaced or have to drive out of their way, but in times like this we ALL have to use common sense.
Rich Gardiner September 08, 2011 at 05:28 PM
I forgot to mention that to add to this incident there was a swift water rescue early this am (around 2:15am) for a vehicle in high water at Sandy Hook Road and Scarboro Road. With each and every storm event like this we discuss the dangers of high water but there will always be a few who individuals who ignored this advice.
Dana September 08, 2011 at 07:07 PM
I'll tell you what would stop all this nonsense.....charging the people for the rescue when they choose to ignore the road closure. I used to volunteer with one of the fire depts in Harford County, and rescues ARE NOT cheap.

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