May 20, 2010

Flash Flooding Claims Life of Rutledge Man

Raging floodwaters washed away a 4' by 7' box culvert over an unnamed tributary of the Fabius River on Missouri Route D sometime on Wednesday evening, May 13th.

The resulting opening in the road engulfed a 2000 Chevrolet pickup driven by Philip E. Padget, 31, of Tyler TX, as he was traveling southbound on Route D, eight miles south of Lancaster.

The accident occurred at approximately 11:40 p.m.

The truck entered the water over the roadway before crashing into the void left by the washout, leaving the front end of the truck submerged after coming to rest from falling through the roadway.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Padget, and a passenger in the vehicle, Jody D. Jones, 32, of Rutledge, were able to exit the truck, but Jones was then swept away by the rapid current of the floodwaters, which were estimated at more than 10 to 12 feet deep.

Emergency service personnel from the Highway Patrol, Schuyler County Sheriff's Department, Scotland County and Schuyler County ambulance services responded to the scene, approximately three miles west of the Route A intersection.

Jones was pronounced dead by Scotland County Coroner Ginny Monroe at 2:24 a.m. at Scotland County Hospital.

Just two days later, on May 15th, A Lewistown woman died when her vehicle became submerged as she attempted to cross a flooded roadway near Monticello.

The Patrol reported the death of Kourtnie L. Geisendorfer, 25. She was westbound in a 2005 Honda Civic at 2:45 a.m. on 195th street approximately miles east of Monticello when the vehicle traveled into water that was covering the roadway. The vehicle was completely submerged, causing the driver to drown.

The Patrol was assisted at the scene by the Lewis County Sheriff's Department, and the Lewistown Fire Department.

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