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Two Drown When Vehicle Overturns in Roadside Ditch in Clinton County

By Bruce Kropp, WJBD News

Two Clinton County residents headed home from a movie early Sunday morning drowned after their vehicle ran off a rural road near Damiansville and overturned in the roadside ditch.  

Clinton County Coroner Phil Moss identifies the victims as the driver, 20-year-old Christopher Harper of St. Rose, and passenger 18-year-old Josie Walker of Damiansville.  

Moss says both were removed from the small pickup truck by emergency personnel and taken to St. Joseph's Hospital in Breese where efforts to revive them were unsuccessful.   

The coroner reports Harper was apparently taking Walker home when he lost control on the Airport Road about a mile south of Damiansville.   The road had about an inch or two of water on the surface from snowmelt earlier in the day.   Moss says the roadside ditch contained about three and a half feet of water.  

No one saw the accident occur.  A man who had traveled the road about an hour earlier saw the pickup overturned in the ditch on his return trip.  Fire and police discovered the two people inside on their arrival.  

Moss says the two had just minor injuries from the crash itself.  They were wearing their seatbelts.  The Clinton County Sheriff's Department has not yet released reports on the wreck.

The accident was discovered around 1:45 Sunday morning.  The two were pronounced dead just after four am at the hospital.   

Walker was a senior at Breese Central High School.  Harper was out of school.   

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