Deputies rescue truck driver stranded on flooded roadway

Deputies rescue truck driver stranded on flooded roadway

NATCHITOCHES PARISH, LA (KSLA) - Signs along Louisiana Highway 120 west of Cypress warn that the roadway is closed.

That area has been flooded off and on since at least late February.

Yet the driver of a tractor-trailer rig hauling logs ignored the warnings Monday afternoon and drove into floodwaters, authorities say.

His 18-wheeler became stranded.

And Natchitoches Parish sheriff's deputies had to use an amphibious all-terrain vehicle to get the driver safely to land.

They left the big rig where it is until arrangements can be made for it to be recovered at a later date.

As for the truck driver, deputies cited him for disobeying road closure signs.

Authorities say this is one example of why law enforcement agencies and the National Weather Service urge motorist to turn around, don't drown.

Drivers have no way of knowing what's beneath the surface of a flooded roadway.

There could be a washout, a cave-in or a dropoff that results in property damage and sometimes drowning, authorities say.

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