SUV stuck in river; no one injured

A driver and passengers driving an SUV across the Flat Rock River below the U.S. 31 bridge were rescued after getting stuck.

Columbus police and fire departments and the Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Department were called to the river at 1:20 p.m. Saturday after a caller said a 1994 Toyota 4-Runner was in the water.

The four occupants in the vehicle were safely out of it when rescuers arrived, firefighters said.

The driver of the vehicle, Tyler Miller, 22, Columbus, said he had driven across the shallow river several times without incident. Miller stated that prior to becoming stuck he was driving from one sand bar to another when the driver side front tire dropped into a hole and the SUV was stuck.

Firefighters warned residents that even though water levels are low, driving through any body of water is dangerous. Miller made arrangements for the SUV to be recovered from the river.