Indiana State Police trooper saves man from submerged vehicle in Wabash County

Posted at 2:34 PM, Jul 10, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-10 19:58:40-04

WABASH COUNTY, Ind. -- A trooper with the Indiana State Police saved a man from a vehicle submerged in water Friday night. 

Police responded to a report of a submerged vehicle on Wabash County Road 600 West just before midnight. Responders found a Chevrolet Cobalt under the water, with the passenger side visible. 

Trooper Dustin Rutledge entered the water, secured to a fire truck by a safety line and found Daniel Winters, 60.

When he got to the car, Rutledge saw water up to the steering wheel. He realized Winters was very cold and couldn't move well.

Rutledge put a life jacket on him and secured him to the safety line. As Winters was being pulled from the truck, the safety line broke, so Rutledge dragged him to land. 

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Winters was treated and released by paramedics. 

The incident is still under investigation, but it is believed heavy rain created overflow from a nearby creek, leading to flooding.