Thursday, September 05, 2002

Driver rescued from car in creek

Silver Grove woman injured

By Earnest Winston,
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        ERLANGER — Richard Vance was inside his Spring Valley Drive house Wednesday afternoon when he heard tires squealing and a loud thud.

        He and his neighbor, Bill Niles, ran to the accident scene on Turkeyfoot Road, where they found the passenger side of Norma Combs' 1993 Ford Escort station wagon submerged in a creek “in a couple of feet of water.”

        Mr. Vance said an unidentified woman was holding Ms. Combs' head through the driver's window.

        “She was screaming, "Help me, help me. I can't hold her head up,”' before a police officer arrived.

        Another neighbor ran and got a knife, which Mr. Niles used to help cut Ms. Combs' seat belt, Mr. Vance said.

        Ms. Combs, 37, of Silver Grove was flown by AirCare shortly after 1:30 p.m. to University Hospital, where she was in serious condition Wednesday night.

        According to Erlanger police, Ms. Combs was northbound on Turkeyfoot Road when another vehicle pulled in front of her from Spring Valley Drive.

        Attempting to avoid it, she overcorrected and her station wagon struck a southbound vehicle, police said.

        The collision sent her car veering off the north side of the road, where it struck a tree and overturned in the creek, police said.

        No charges have been filed.

        Police said the accident remains under investigation.

        Erlanger police are looking for a small, cream-colored vehicle that was near the scene when the accident occurred, the dispatcher said.

        Anyone with information is asked to call Lt. Marc Fields, 727-2424.


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