Crothersville woman escapes from sinking car


A 35-year-old Jackson County woman was able to swim to safety Sunday evening after her car wound up in a pond south of Seymour.

According to a news release from the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department, Jody Engleking of Crothersville was driving south in the 4000 block of County Road 950E when she missed a 90-degree right turn and wound up in the pond.

That pond sits on property owned by Nicholas and Julie Lemming at 4001 N. County Road 950E, according to the Jackson County GIS map.

County officers Brad Barker and Zach Elliott responded to the scene along with county Reserve Officer Greg Murphy and found Engleking standing on the shore near the pond. She was not injured in the incident, reported at 7:09 p.m., but the 2008 Acura she was driving was 75% submerged when police arrived, Lt. Adam Nicholson said.

He said officers provided Engleking with a blanket so she could warm up before her husband arrived and took her home.

County officers Jesse Hutchinson and J.L. McElfresh, who are both divers, responded to the pond so they could hook Engleking’s vehicle up to a Hampton Towing truck. It was then pulled out of the pond.

The incident is the second one involving a vehicle in a pond in the Seymour area in a three-day period.

Sgt. Stephen Wheeles with the Indiana State Police pulled a Jeffersonville woman to safety Friday afternoon after her vehicle went off of the road into a pond in the 8700 block of State Road 11 north of the city.

Megan Elizabeth Ora Fleetwood told police she was having an issue with an eye when the incident occurred.

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