Cab driver drowns in Louisville after getting trapped in high water

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Louisville Metro Police say a Yellow cab driver has drowned after getting trapped in high water.

According to LMPD spokesperson Alicia Smiley, Second Division officers responded Saturday just before 11 p.m. on a call about a person who had drowned.

Witnesses say the male driver of a Yellow Cab was going west toward a railroad underpass at 13th and West Oak Streets. Police say the cab got stuck in high water and flooded, which stopped the engine.

The cab driver was not able to escape and when emergency crews arrived, the cab was completely submerged in water.

"I could only imagine his thought when he realized he couldn't get out and how that energy will stay in that place," said Jill Schierbaum who saw rescue crews at the scene. 

Authorities say the man was removed from the vehicle and pronounced dead at the scene. The man's name has not been released.

Yellow Cab released a statement saying, "The Yellow Cab family is deeply saddened by the loss of one of our good friends and drivers. We ask for your thoughts and prayers for his family and for the entire Somalian community as we grieve with this horrific tragedy."

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