Vehicles swept from Franklin County roadway, search underway

Vehicles swept from Franklin County roadway, search underway


A search is underway after floodwaters swept two vehicles off a roadway near the town of Laurel early this morning.

At approximately 5 a.m., Franklin County 911 received a call from a witness who reported seeing headlights off the roadway and hearing calls for help coming from an area near the intersection of Sanes Creek and Tee Hill roads. 

Responding authorities discovered the bridge over Sanes Creek had been partially washed away. 

An initial search located one vehicle, and a second vehicle was located a short time later. 

At this time, responders have recovered four deceased victims and believe two individuals are still missing. 

The search is still underway, and updates will be provided when available.

The victims’ identities are being withheld at this time, pending family notification.

Agencies assisting on the scene are Indiana Conservation Officers, Franklin County Fire Department, Franklin County Sheriff’s Department, Laurel Police and Fire, Metamora Police and Fire and Franklin County EMS.