Boy, 2, dies after mother drives into floodwaters in Wabash County

Flooded road in Wabash County where a 2-year-old lost his life. (WTHR Staff)

WABASH COUNTY, Ind. (WTHR) - A two-year-old boy died when his mother's car was swept away by floodwaters in northern Indiana Thursday.

Eric Long (Provided by family)

State police say 22-year-old Anthonitte Carter of Indianapolis was driving east on CR 925 South east of SR 13 in Wabash County when she passed a high water sign and drove into floodwaters. After the vehicle entered the water, it was carried to the north side of the road and became completely submerged, police said.

Cater was able to get out of her Chevrolet Impala and attempted to rescue her son, 2-year-old Eric Long, but was not successful in freeing him.

Officers from the Indiana Department of Natural Resources and Wabash County Sheriff's Department went into the water to rescue Carter, who was struggling and reportedly didn't know how to swim. DNR divers found the vehicle in about eight feet of water and were able to pull it from the floodwaters with assistance from a local towing company. The boy was found deceased inside the vehicle.

Carter reportedly told police she did not see the high water sign before she drove into the water. Police say the sign was posted on the south shoulder of the road after several days of heavy rain caused flooding in the area.

The investigation is ongoing.

If you drive into floodwaters

If you do find yourself stranded in your vehicle in floodwaters, the Indiana Department of Natural Resources has some basic safety tips to remember.

  1. Remove your seatbelt.
  2. Remove the seatbelts of all occupants starting oldest to youngest.
  3. Roll down windows.
  4. Climb onto roof of the vehicle.
  5. Call 911 from the vehicle roof
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