Road to Nowhere

During "normal" circumstances this road and its "Road Closed" sign may be enough (or not) to keep traffic from plunging into the backed up river. But the two young men who found themselves plunged into its frigid waters on Sunday night weren't having a "normal" night. They were traveling Hwy 123 through Clinton, Kentucky on their way to work at 10 pm. Taking a short cut that they had been told about, the came to Hwy 239 where there was a road block showing that water was over the road ahead. Since they didn't have any knowledge of the area and were unsure where to turn next to head to Union City, they kept going on Hwy 123. While trying to decide where the next road to Union City would be, they were looking for any sign that would direct them in that direction. They did notice the signs that said "Road Closed" ahead. But figured that when it got to the REAL "Road Closed" section of the road they would already be on their way to Union City. As they rounded a curve and headed down the hill in the dark, they found themselves plunged into deep water! Realizing that the car was sinking and not just running through shallow waters, one of the men forced (pure adrenaline!) his door open and escaped. The driver however could not force his open. He fought to get the window down and crawled out onto the hood of the car since the whole car was engulfed with water at this point. He tried not to panick knowing he could not swim. The other man reached firm ground under his feet, just to realize that his friend wasn't with him and his friend could not swim. With the darkness surrounding them, he could not see where his friend was but could hear him and swam to where he thought he might be. His friend had jumped into the water because the water had engulfed the car. The man who could swim felt his friends shirt and pulled him along with him to safety. As they walked in the darkness down the road a local man came along and helped them.
The sheriff was called and a tow truck. When they asked why there wasn't a barrier across the road as there was on Hwy 239, the local man said, "Oh, everybody around here knows not to come down this road". One of the men said, "yea, but we're not from around here!"
Thankfully, this story ended with the two men walking away, just a bit shaken. Will the next unexpected travelers be so fortunate?

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Amber says ... on Friday, Mar 25 at 2:06 PM

Why were there no road barriers to keep unsuspecting drivers safe? I have three children in car seats, and if two grown men could barely escape, I know I would not be able to get them all out in time, I hope something is done quickly about this!

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Rita Lyell says ... on Wednesday, Mar 23 at 1:12 PM

I am the aunt of one of these young men and I am telling you that is very sad that no body cares that this road was not blocked off and that these two came so close to being swept away and no one knew they were even out there.Who is in charge of road

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