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Clarksburg woman perishes in flood waters

By Makenna Mays, Staff Writer

Indiana Conservation Officers are investigating the drowning death of Carol Jackson, 63, Clarksburg, after her vehicle left the roadway on Dec. 31, 2018 and entered Pipe Creek.

At approximately 6:30 p.m. on Dec. 31, Franklin County dispatchers received a call from a man reporting that his wife had contacted him and her car was filling with water and being swept away.

Responders from Brookville Fire and Rescue and the Oldenburg Fire Department arrived on the scene shortly after and searched the scene until 10 p.m. They were hampered by the fact the woman did not know exactly where she was on Pipe Creek Road when she was swept into the creek.

At 9 a.m. on Jan. 1, Indiana Conservation Officers, Franklin County Sheriff's Department, local agencies and volunteers continued the search near the 6100 block of Pipe Creek Road where a vehicle matching the description was located in the waterway. The slab near the intersection of Pipe Creek and Walnut Fork roads is thought to be where the vehicle left the roadway.

At approximately 3:30 p.m. on Jan. 1, Jackson, 63, was recovered by Indiana Conservation Officer safety divers downstream of the vehicle and was pronounced dead by the Franklin County Coroner's Office.

Rain totals on the night of accident totaled to 1-1.5 inches, according to the National Weather Service at Wilmington, Ohio using Doppler estimates.

An autopsy was scheduled for the week of Jan. 1, and the death is still currently under investigation.

Carol Jackson is the wife of pastor Jerran Jackson of the Clarksburg Christian Church.

Agencies assisting at the scene include F.C.S.D., Indiana State Police Aviation, Brookville Volunteer Fire Department, Oldenburg Fire Department and Auxiliary, Clarksburg Volunteer Fire Department, Laurel Volunteer Fire Department, Laurel Police Department, Batesville Fire and Ambulance, Rescue 24, Hamilton County Ohio District 8 and more than 150 volunteers.

Commissioners have discussed safety issues surrounding slabs in the county. Some temporary safety solutions discussed are LED lights on warning signs and barricades.