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Police and fire


Driver dies; pickup lands in flooded Noble field

Rescue efforts proved futile Friday night for a LaOtto man whose truck rolled into a flooded field southwest of Avilla.

Gerald Quinn, 49, was headed south around 8:30 p.m. on County Road 600 East and was just north of County Road 300 South in Noble County when he drove off the east side of the road and rolled down an embankment, according to the Indiana State Police.

Police said the Dodge Dakota pickup truck rolled three times before it landed on its top in a flooded area of a field.

Both Quinn and the truck were submerged, according to a news release.

Emergency responders freed Quinn from the truck and started CPR, and provided other medical attention, but were unable to save him and he died at the scene, according to police.

Police believe Quinn’s truck was traveling at a high rate of speed when it crossed the center centerline and drove off the road.

LaOtto Fire Department, Smith Township Fire Department, Indiana State Police, Noble County Sheriff’s Department and Avilla Police Department all responded to the crash.