A Winona County Sheriff's deputy received some Good Samaritan help Sunday in the rescue of an elderly couple whose vehicle overturned in a creek bed...after the deputy himself had to get a ride to the accident scene when his own vehicle became stuck in the snow.
Deputy Bill Spitzer was responding to the scene Sunday morning in New Hartford Township near La Crescent when his vehicle became stuck.
An Eyota couple gave Spitzer a ride to the scene of the crash. One of the two, Rod Davis, and a second man already at the scene, David Weigel, then assisted Spitzer in getting the couple out of the vehicle that had come to rest on it top in over a foot of water.
Spitzer said the couple, identified as 71-year-old Gayle Worrell Junior, and 70-year-old Karen Worrell, where only a half-mile away from their home when the crash happened.
Spitzer said the Worrells had been in the water for about 40 minutes. Both were taken to Gunderson Lutheran Medical Center in La Crosse where they were treated for hypothermia and released.
Spitzer said the couple's two dogs made it out of the vehicle safely. One ran away and was found later in the day.
The crash was reported just before 11:00 a.m. Sunday during a snowstorm.