Drivers caught on flooded highway saved

By The Associated Press

TIFF CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Missouri Highway Patrol and local emergency responders on Saturday rescued two people stranded after their vehicles were swept away in high waters in southwest Missouri.

The two vehicles were driving on state Highway 43 near Oklahoma's border when they hit the high waters of Buffalo Creek, KYTV-TV reported. The creek's waters were about 15 feet high over the highway.

Both vehicles were swept downstream.

One driver escaped to the top of his truck, and the other grabbed a tree as his vehicle sank below him.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol, Tiff City Fire Department and McDonald County's emergency management team rescued one via boat. Crew members tied to a tree downstream saved the other man.

Neither suffered significant injuries.