Driver escapes from sinking car unscathed after sliding off Montville Township road and into pond

Driver escapes from sinking car unscathed after sliding off Montville Township road and into pond
Driver escapes from sinking car unscathed after sliding off Montville Township road and into pond(Montville Police)
Updated: Dec. 2, 2020 at 10:52 PM EST
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MONTVILLE TOWNSHIP, Ohio (WOIO) - A 41-year-old driver escaped with his life unscathed after he lost control of his car and drove into a pond on Wednesday morning, according to Montville Police.

Police said the Montville resident was driving his 2014 Kia Optima west on Poe Road when he lost control as he slowed down approaching a stop sign at Wooster Pike.

The car went over the center line, off the left side of the road, into the lawn, then into the pond on the Centerra property, police said.

According to police, first responders arrived to find the driver was able to get out of the car and make it to solid ground before the car became completely submerged.

No one else was in the car.

Jon’s Towing and Recovery got the car out of the pond with the help of the Fire Department’s Swift Water Rescue Team.

Montville Police shared the following statement regarding the incident:

“This incident could have ended tragically and we are thankful that there were no injuries to the driver or First Responders. We would like to use this incident as an educational moment to remind everyone to use extra caution on the roadways, especially when they are covered with snow and ice, and the temperature is too cold for salt to be effective.

We would also like to use this opportunity to share a few other winter driving tips, to ensure that you get to your destination safely:

When we are on scene of a crash, especially when is it snowing heavily and the roadways are snow covered, we may choose to close the entire roadway, because it is not worth risking the safety of our Police Officers, Firefighters and Paramedics just to allow vehicles to maneuver around us while we work. The number one priority of all first responders is scene safety. We can’t help others if we get hit and become a victim ourselves.

We also want to remind everyone to do your part to ensure safe travels on our roadways. These simple tips can help keep you on the road and us out of the snow:

• Slow down.

• Wear your seatbelt.

• Leave early – allow more travel time; expect delays.

• Increase distance between vehicles – it takes significantly longer to stop on snow covered or icy roadways.

• Clear all windows on your vehicle prior to travel – having unobstructed vision is vital to avoid running off of the road or having a collision.

• Turn on your vehicle’s headlamps. Remove any dirt, mud or snow.

• Use caution on bridges and overpasses; they are susceptible to freezing before roadways.

• Ensure your vehicle has a full tank of gas in the event you are stranded for an extended period of time.

• Charge your cell phone prior to departure and keep a charger in your vehicle.

• Take a blanket.

• Notify a family member or a friend of your travel plans prior to departure – if your travel is interrupted, someone will know.

• If you are involved in a crash, be patient – bad weather also limits the capabilities of law enforcement and emergency crews and increases response time. Also, keep in mind that we may be experiencing a high volume of requests for service.

• Attempt to move your vehicle out of the roadway if you are involved in a minor, non-injury traffic collision; especially if you are in a dangerous area such as a curve or a blind hill.

• If your vehicle is stranded or wrecked but not in the roadway, attempts to recover your vehicle may have to wait until conditions improve for safety considerations.”

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