Nelson co good samaritans

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Police in Nelson County say an elderly Jeffersonville man was rescued with the help of some good Samaritans after he spent several hours trapped inside his car after it went off the road.

The Nelson County Sheriff's Office said Andrew Koehler called Nelson County Dispatch and said he was going south when he thought he saw a vehicle's emergency lights flashing off the right side of the road Thursday around 11:50 p.m in the area of Louisville Road and Hialeah Drive.

Koehler told police "it didn't feel right," so he turned around and went back to the area, telling a dispatcher that he was able to confirm that he had seen emergency lights. Koehler then stayed at the area and waited for police. 

When deputies arrived, they hiked down the hill and into the woods, where they found a 2009 Nissan Sentra, being driven by 93-year-old Carl Keown of Jeffersonville, Indiana.

Authorities said his car went off the right side of the road and went about 250 yards down a steep embankment, through a gate and into a wooded area along a creek bed.

Police say Keown was alert and conscious, but complaining that he was hurt in several areas. He was also "cold to the touch."

One deputy stayed with Keown, while another deputy gathered a cold emergency kit.

Keown told police he had been trapped inside his vehicle for at least six to eight hours after leaving his home sometime before 4 p.m.

Once additional officers arrived at the scene, Keown was rescued from his car, taken to a nearby ambulance, and transported to University Hospital, where he received treatment.

The sheriff's office later posted to Facebook, saying the incident was an example of emergency services and the community working together, resulting in a positive outcome. 

Keown's daughter, Terri, shared a photo of her father with the sheriff's department, saying she was extremely grateful to Koehler in potentially saving her father's life.

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