Truck submerged in mudding adventure

By Phil Anderson
Topeka Capital Journal – April 2, 2014

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A young couple got more than they bargained for when they went on a mudding adventure in a pickup truck Wednesday morning in southern Shawnee County.

The incident occurred around 9 a.m. on rain-soaked land in the 10500 block of S.W. Burlingame Road, where the couple’s red pickup truck slid down a muddy embankment and ended up partially submerged in water at the bottom of the incline.

The couple — a man and woman who appeared to be in their 20s — told Shawnee County sheriff’s deputies at the scene that they had been driving across a muddy area just west of S.W. Burlingame Road for recreational purposes.

As the truck navigated along a muddy area near the top of a steep incline, it became stuck, then slid into the pond at the bottom of the hill.

An occupant in the pickup truck was able to call 911 by cell phone and summon emergency help to the scene, said Shawnee County sheriff’s deputy Craig Cochran.

The initial call came out as a possible water rescue, but first-arriving crews quickly determined both occupants were out of the vehicle and no one needed to be rescued.

Cochran said at the scene that a person who was working at the property reported the site was being prepared for a large pond.

The property owner had been notified of the incident and was on his way to the scene around 9:45 a.m. Wednesday.

It wasn’t immediately known if the truck, whose front end was sticking up out of the water, was pulled from the pond by a tow truck.

Gwen Romine, KSFFA Webmaster

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