The Walthourville Volunteer Fire and Rescue department executed an unusual rescue Wednesday morning when the first responders assisted three motorists whose car flipped sideways in a drainage ditch with running water.
Walthourville Fire Chief Terry Satterfield said the three women who were inside the vehicle had to be moved from the vehicle onto dry land using a ladder extended to the vehicle onto the ground. Two of the women had exited the vehicle without assistance, while the third needed help from emergency personnel.
The women used the ladder to shimmy across the ditch into the arms of rescue personnel waiting on the ground for them.
Georgia State Patrol Trooper Quincy Melvin said the driver, identified as Sharnese Sanders, was returning from Savannah with passengers Jasmine Clark and Shantale James. As Sanders was driving on Dunlevie Road in Allenhurst around 5 a.m. Wednesday, she apparently fell asleep and continued to go straight at a curve on Talmadge Road, leading to the 2002 Ford Expedition traveling into a ditch and flipping on its side, Melvin said.
Satterfield said that in his long career of working with fire departments, this was the first time he has used this method to rescue a vehicle accident victim.
The women were transported to Liberty Regional Medical Center with minor injuries.