Man dies after being pulled from submerged vehicle

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A man died Friday after emergency crews pulled him from a car which was submerged in flood water.

It happened east of Arcadia near the intersection of 266th St. and Mt. Pleasant Rd. Friday evening.

The car was in a fast-moving Hamilton County creek. Police say Robert Morgan Jr. was non-responsive at the scene. 

"(A witness) saw the car go in", said Hamilton County Sheriff Mark Bowen. "He saw the nose going in, and the car got swept away about 100 yards off the roadway into the woods."

The man's car was fully submerged when rescue teams removed him from the car. He was taken by ambulance to Riverview Hospital in Noblesville, where he was pronounced dead.

Police could not provide Morgan's age, but said he was a Hamilton County resident.

According to a witness, it's the second time today that people were rescued from submerged cars in that area.

Bowen says the tragedy is a reminder of the extreme risks associated with driving though flood waters. "If you can see standing water it's very important, do not drive through it," Bowen said.

"Find an alternate route because it only takes less than a foot of water to wash you off the roadway," Bowen said. "You put yourself in great danger. Definitely use caution, especially at nighttime."