CLEARCREEK TWP., Ohio -- A woman was swept four miles down stream in rising floodwater as her husband and toddler were trapped in their car during Monday morning’s rain.
The incident happened near Pekin Road in Clearcreek Township at about 7:30 a.m., according to Clearcreek Township police.
The woman frantically made her way to a nearby home after the car her husband was driving from Sharonville to Springboro hydroplaned and struck a pole before ending up in a roadside ditch.
It was when she exited the car that the mother got swept away.
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The woman told police she feared her husband and child had drowned when officers approached her family car about 50 yards off the road.
Police found the woman’s husband screaming as he clung to a tree with their 3-year-old daughter.
"When I got here I heard the man screaming and when I came down here the car was in the water underneath this tree," said Clearcreek Township Officer Eric Ney. "He was straddling that tree with his 3-year-old daughter in his hands. He was screaming. He was out of energy. He didn't know how much longer he could hold on."
The husband feared his wife had drowned as well, Ney added.
"He was screaming that his wife drowned and she (the wife) was screaming the same thing, 'My husband and baby drowned,' so, it was a pretty happy reunion when we got them both together," the officer said.
Police were amazed no one died in the floodwaters.
The husband, who did not wish to be identified, said he was grateful for the officers who helped him and for traffic laws.
"I really appreciate US laws regarding driving," the man said. "I had a belt on my wife and my daughter in a baby seatbelt. I would recommend everybody to follow the rules. Because of that my family is safe"
The car had hit a pole near the 4100 block of Ohio 741 before ending up in the ditch, Ney said.
It was submerged up to its windows when police found it.
No one was hurt in the actual crash. The family was checked out on site before the roadway was cleared and they were released.
WCPO reporter Jay Warren contributed to this story.