Water Sweeps Car off Bridge, Va. Driver Drowns

By: Andrea Oleen (TV3)
By: Andrea Oleen (TV3)

Information from Warren County Fire and Rescue:

Warren County Fire and Rescue and Sheriff’s Office units were dispatched to the Morgan’s Ford low water bridge last night at approximately 9:20 PM for a vehicle in the water with the occupant trapped in the vehicle. Call was received from the occupant of the vehicle via cellphone. Units arrived on scene and found a vehicle partially submerged in the water approximately 75 feet downstream from the bridge. Fire and Rescue Dept. launched two boats, made contact with the vehicle, broke out the rear window and removed the occupant, who was not breathing and pulseless. Occupant was transferred to EMS personnel on shore who immediately began CPR. Advanced life support treatment was provided on scene for approximately forty five minutes, until victim was transported to Warren Memorial Hospital where she was pronounced dead. There were no injuries to fire and rescue personnel.

The Shenandoah River was running high due to recent rains and was covering the low water bridge. The bridge had been closed for days due to high water over the bridge.

Any additional information on the incident and/or the victim can be obtained from the Virginia State Police, who is investigating the incident.

March 31, 2010

Virginia State Police have confirmed a Stephens City woman drowned in Warren County Tuesday night.

Sgt. Tyler says Jessica Barr was crossing Morgans Ford Bridge at about 9:15 pm when water swept her car off of the one-lane bridge and 60 yards downstream where it lodged in a tree.

Barr was able to call for help. When rescue crews arrived they took her to War Memorial Hospital in Front Royal where she was pronounced dead at 10:54 pm.

The 21-year-old was from Stephens City.

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