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Helicopter Called to Warrick County Water Rescue

In Warrick County--authorities respond to a water rescue after a crash Sunday afternoon.

Posted: Oct 18, 2020 4:35 PM
Updated: Oct 18, 2020 9:28 PM

A hit-and-run crash turns into a water rescue on State Road 66 Sunday afternoon.

The Warrick County Sheriff's Office says dispatch received a report of a hit and run crash that occurred at SR 66 and Sharon Road in Warrick County.

The driver from that crash fled the scene at a high rate of speed, followed by witnesses.

Several additional 911 calls were received, reporting that the driver of an orange truck was driving recklessly, in the median, and possibly into oncoming traffic. The orange truck continued east bound in the median of SR 66, where continued between the guardrails into a creek.

Newburgh Police Department and a Deputy Coroner were the first to arrive, entering the water to render aid to the driver.

The driver has been identified as Gerald Wayne Fulkerson, Jr., age 45, of Newburgh. He was transported by Stat Flight to St. Vincent Hospital in Evansville, where he is being treated for his injuries, which are not life threatening.

The Warrick County Sheriff’s Office is investigating both crashes.

The driver was believed to be under the influence at the time of the crashes and toxicology results are pending. Information will be filed with the Warrick County Prosecutor’s Office at the conclusion of the investigation to determine criminal charges.

Indiana State Police, Yankeetown Fire Department, Newburgh Fire Department and Ascension St. Vincent Warrick EMS also responded to assist.

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