SANTA CLAUS INVOLVED IN CRASH!
"Sleigh" has minor damage,
but Santa is OK
dispatchers were inundated with hundreds of calls reporting crash incidents
throughout Johnson County Saturday night. While there were only about a
dozen wrecks, some of the wrecks produced several dozen frantic 9-1-1 calls to
dispatchers, who were left to sort through the mess to get emergency crews on
the way. One of the crashes was on County Road 300N over Interstate 65.
Sheriff's Deputy Travis Derrett and Reserve Deputy Ramona Jackson responded to
the scene and found a White Ford pickup truck stuck over the top of the
guardrail. The interstate overpass was ice covered due to the freezing
rain that had fallen. The roadway was so slick it was difficult to remain
standing upright. Deputies Derrett and Jackson were most surprised to find
who the driver of the truck was: Santa Claus! Thankfully, Santa was not
injured in the crash. While his "sleigh" did suffer some undercarriage
damage, he was in good spirits after the incident. Santa commented how
lucky he was that he was wearing his seat belt because he would have surely been
injured. Graham's Wrecker Driver Jim Higginbotham, visible in the photo,
successfully extracted the "snow white" colored truck from the guardrail.
Area children should not be concerned about the incident, as Santa did not feel
that this incident would put him or his Elves behind schedule. Other
Johnson County drivers were not so lucky; Nearly a dozen other car crashes kept
emergency workers busy as many drivers failed to slow down and adjust to the
changing weather conditions.