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Farmer uses tractor bucket to bail out driver stranded in water

October 31, 2012

LEITERSBURG — An unidentified farmer rescued a motorist from his flooded car Tuesday by having the man, who had gotten up on his car roof, climb into a bucket attached to his farm tractor, said Robert Myerly, deputy chief for the Leitersburg Volunteer Fire Company.

The driver was taken to Meritus Medical Center on Tuesday to be checked out, although he hadn’t been complaining of anything, Myerly said Wednesday.

The man, who is not familiar with the area, was driving on Leiters Mill Road around 5:30 a.m. Tuesday and did not see the high water signs or the high water on the road near the Antietam Creek bridge, Myerly said.

He tried to back his car out after the front tires hit the water, but the current pulled the car into the water, Myerly said. The man climbed out of his driver’s side window onto the top of the car.

Before Washington County Special Operations could arrive with a boat, a local farmer arrived with the tractor to help the man to safety, Myerly said.

The floodwaters had receded some Wednesday morning, but the road remained closed, Myerly said. The water had pushed the car into a field, he said.

Leiters Mill Road runs from Leitersburg northwest to the Pennsylvania line.
— Julie E. Greene

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