Flooding Appears To Claim A Life

Published 5:07 pm Tuesday, March 27, 2012

BUCKINGHAM – A press release issued by Sheriff William G. Kidd reported that on Monday, March 26, at 11:44 a.m., the Buckingham County Emergency Communications Center received a call from a concerned family member about the overdue arrival of a relative, from Goodland, who had been missing since Saturday night.

The caller requested that the Sheriff's Office look for the vehicle that the relative was driving in an attempt to locate her.

Following that call, the com-medications center received a second call from a landowner in the 2600 block of Union Church Road in the Gladstone area concerning a vehicle found in Grease Creek on the property, stated the information from the Sheriff's Office.

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According to the press release, deputies responded to the scene and located a Ford F150 pickup truck approximately 300 yards from a dirt driveway that crosses the creek.

The truck, which was lying on its side, was wedged against a tree in the heavily wooded area. Deputies discovered a deceased 61-year-old white female inside the vehicle, reported the release.

Due to the remote area and the position of the vehicle, Sheriff Kidd requested assistance from several local businesses to recover the vehicle.

A four-wheel-drive tractor was brought to the location and cut a path to the truck to aid in the vehicle's extraction from the creek bed. According to the press release, after the truck was brought to high ground, the deceased was removed.

The release offered that according to a preliminary investigation, it appears that the driver of the truck attempted to traverse Grease Creek and succumbed to flood waters that disabled the truck and carried it downstream.

The name of the deceased is being withheld until family members are notified.

Sheriff Kidd extends his appreciation to the numerous individuals and businesses that assist-end in the recovery effort.

Offering special recognition to RMA Enterprises, Central Virginia Maintenance, and Pearson Construction for their contributions, Kidd stated, “Without their expertise, the extraction of the truck and the recovery of the deceased would have been hampered.”