CRAWFORD COUNTY, Ind. (WDRB) - A Southern Indiana man died Saturday night when his vehicle veered off the road and plunged into a pond in Crawford County.
John Vausha, 62, was pulled from his vehicle by Indiana conservation officers and was airlifted to Harrison County Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
Harrison county Coroner Rusty Sizemore says John Vausha died of a massive heart attack, and that he was dead before his car went under water.
Indiana Conservation officer Jim Schreck says the car traveled about 500 feet off Indiana S.R. 64 before landing in a pond behind a Taswell home.
Schreck says another driver saw Vausha veer off the road around 7 p.m. and immediately called 9-1-1, allowing responders to arrive on scene only minutes after he went into the water.
"The water was approximately 39 degrees so very cold, very dark conditions," said Schreck. "So it was a job getting to him and getting him out of the water."
Schreck says responders used a boat from a marine storage business next door to get on top of the submerged vehicle. Schreck says they then broke the window and pulled Vausha out.
"It doesn't appear that anything at all could have prevented this, it was just a tragic accident," said Vausha.
Schreck did say that due to fast response times and a successful recovery effort, had Vausha not died of natural causes, he may have survived the crash.
"Had he not likely been deceased upon leaving the roadway--had this been some other freak accident--it's likely we could have saved him," said Schreck.
Funeral arrangements are being made at Brown Funeral Home in Leavenworth, Ind.
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