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New Details Released In Drowning Of Louisville Cab Driver

Posted at 5:07 AM, Sep 19, 2018

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WAVE 3)– More details are being released about what went wrong the night a taxi cab driver drowned in a flooded road near the UofL campus.

It happened Sept. 8 in the area of 13th and Oak Streets

On Tuesday, officials said firefighters tried to get to the car–which was already under water–but couldn’t tell if there was someone inside.

Officials say at first, the cab company and the driver gave dispatchers the wrong address. Several minutes went by before a passerby called, giving the correct address.

It was about 15 minutes after that first call that firefighters got in the water, but the fire chief said they couldn’t reach the car.

“They weren’t able to do a search of the water vehicle do to the water conditions due to the fact that it was below the surface, and therefore, they returned to the shore,” said Louisville Fire Chief Greg Frederick.

Because they weren’t able to locate anybody, the chief said they cleared the scene and went to help others, leaving the car behind.

There were warnings issued, but some in the city council are wondering why barricades weren’t put up in flood-prone areas.