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Trooper Saves Woman from Submerged Vehicle

Officer in area from another call

 On November 22, 2019 at approximately 3:00 PM, Indiana State Police Sergeant Stephen Wheeles, was assisting another trooper on I-65 with the reconstruction of an accident that had happened two(2) days earlier. Wheeles then heard a call of an accident with possible injuries on SR 11, north of Seymour, and started toward the accident.  The dispatch stated that a vehicle was in water and that a woman was entrapped inside the vehicle. 

When Sergeant Wheeles arrived at the accident, at SR 11 near County Road 800 East in Jackson County, he found a car partially submerged in water and sinking.  Sergeant Wheeles immediately went to the aid of the driver, Megan Fleetwood  (23), who was trapped in the vehicle. Sergeant Wheeles immediately went into the water to rescue Fleetwood. Once in the water, Wheeles, given a hammer from another person at the scene, used the hammer to bust out the back window of the car  pulling Fleetwood out of the vehicle to safety.


During the rescue Sergeant Wheeles suffered injuries to his hand and arm.  Sergeant Wheeles and Fleetwood were transported to Schneck Medical Center in Seymour for treatment. 


Driver of the vehicle was Megan Elizabeth Ora Fleetwood from Jeffersonville, IN
Indiana State Police were assisted at the scene by Seymour Police and Fire Departments and EMS.

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