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Vehicle rolls over on Vinton Station Road

September 1, 2011

McARTHUR — A 73-year-old McArthur woman was rescued Thursday night when passersby found her waving through the window of Chevy Tahoe that had rolled over and came to rest over an embankment.

Mary Lou Betts, 73, of McArthur, was driving on Vinton Station Road when she lost control of her vehicle and wrecked near Murphy Road. The accident happened shortly after 7 p.m.

Betts said she wasn’t sure what happened to cause the accident, but that it happened very quickly.

“It was just like my right wheel went into the gravel and it sucked me right in,” Betts said.

The vehicle went off the right side of the road and rolled over before coming to a rest on the bank of the hill. After the accident, Betts was unable to get out of the vehicle and it wasn’t until drivers drove past and saw her waving that she was able to get any help.

One resident at the scene said he was passing through the area when he saw a hand waving in the window for help. That is when he called 911.

Betts was treated at the scene by Vinton County EMS and was released with minor injuries.

Betts said she was sad about what happened to her vehicle, because it had been given to her as an anniversary gift from her husband in 2000. She said the couple has now been together for 56 years. Still, she said the important thing is that she can walk away from the accident without serious or life-threatening injury.

Jackson Post of Ohio State Highway Patrol, Vinton County Sheriff’s Department, Vinton County EMS and McArthur Fire Department responded to the scene. The accident is under investigation by the highway patrol.

See below for pictures of the vehicle involved in the accident:

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Photos by Paul McManis

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  1. September 1, 2011 9:20 pm

    We have a new policy around here….if you hear a bunch of sirens, go to and see whats going on…. Great reporting Paul!

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