Shenandoah County Reports Drowning

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Woodstock, VA- The Shenandoah County Department of Fire and Rescue announces a fatality as a result of drowning.

On Thursday, February 25 at approximately 9:00 a.m. Shenandoah County Fire and Rescue crews were dispatched following reports of a car being swept into the North Fork of the Shenandoah River, while attempting to cross the Artz Road bridge, located north of Woodstock. A female in her late 70s was attempting to cross the low-water bridge, while traveling west when the car went off the bridge.

The vehicle was located approximately half a mile downstream, submerged. There are no known passengers who were with the driver.

A deceased victim was located late this afternoon several miles downstream from the location of the submerged vehicle.

“Our fire and rescue companies regularly train for water related emergencies,” said Chief Gary Yew, Shenandoah County Fire and Rescue. “Tragically, in this case we lost a member of our community.”

The victim’s identity is being withheld pending positive identification by Office of the Medical Examiner and notification of family.

Swift water rescue companies from Orkney Springs, Strasburg, and Frederick County in addition to fire and rescue companies from Woodstock, Toms Brook, and Shenandoah County responded to the scene. Resources from the Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office, Virginia State Police, Virginia Department of Transportation, and AirCare cooperated in the search and rescue operations.

Shenandoah County Department of Fire and Rescue reminds every one of the importance of avoiding driving across roads that are submerged in standing or flowing water.