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2 women dead after vehicle crashes into Wabash River in southwest Indiana

WTWO Staff Reports - UPDATE

Indiana State Police said Monday that the autopsies on Breezie Mason, 33, and Meaghan Meeks, 32, were conducted earlier in the day in Vincennes.

According to Knox County Coroner Brian Hagen, both women died of drowning. The manner of death for both women has been ruled accidental. Toxicology was pending.

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OAKTOWN, Ind. (WTWO) -- Two people are dead after an accident in Knox County.

It happened around 1 a.m. Sunday morning southwest of Oaktown.

Indiana State Police say a vehicle, while four-wheeling in a field, inadvertently drove off an embankment and into the Wabash River.

The driver of the military Humvee, 34-year-old Kyle Mason and a passenger 33-year-old Cody Meeks were able to escape the vehicle and swim to the embankment.

Kyle's wife, 33-year-old Breezie Mason, and Cody's wife, 32-year-old Meaghan Meeks, were unable to escape.

The two men ran about 1 1/2 miles back to Mason's residence to get help, but the residence did not have a telephone and both of their phones were in the river.

Mason got another four-wheel drive vehicle and drove back to the scene in an attempt to find the two women, while Meeks ran to a nearby residence to call for help.

Numerous agencies responded to the scene. Divers found the vehicle, but a strong current made securing and removing the vehicle difficult.

At around 10:30 a.m., crews pulled the vehicle to the surface and found the two women.

The investigation is ongoing. Foul play is not suspected. Autopsies are scheduled for Monday.


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