MOUNT LIBERTY — A Central Ohio Joint Fire District paramedic cut a seat belt and pulled a woman from her pickup after it went off the road and into a pond Saturday night.
The driver, Sue Kimble, 66, Cincinnati, was taken to Mount Carmel Medical Center in Columbus. A nursing supervisor said today Kimble has been in intensive care, but will be taken out today. Her condition is listed as fair.
A Mount Vernon News employee, Paul Gray, came on the scene at Mount Liberty on U.S. 36 shortly after the crash. Gray said he talked with several people who saw the paramedic, John Willis, along with drivers who arrived on the scene, effect the rescue.
There have been several incidents of cars, heading eastbound on U.S. 36, running off the curve just before the pond and going into the water. Gray said the Kimble pickup was almost completely submerged. He added that there was talk among the spectators as to why the curve is not marked with signs, and why a guardrail has not been installed on the curve.
U.S. 36 was closed for about 90 minutes while the rescue took place and the crash was investigated. The Ohio State Highway Patrol said Kimble may have gone to sleep before her car left the road. The crash remains under investigation.