Harford County, MD. – Maryland State Police continue their search for at least one more victim who was swept away by swift water Friday evening in Harford County.
According to witness accounts, around 6 p.m. on Friday near Route 136 and James Run, a vehicle with someone inside became disabled on the Broad Run Bridge due to rushing water that had submerged the vehicle up to its roof. A truck with a man and a woman pulled up to the scene and attempted to assist.
Based on a preliminary investigation, the woman and man from the truck retrieved a rope and tried to assist the motorist in the vehicle on the bridge. At some point, the woman trying to assist fell, the man with her then helped her back up but she fell again and was swept over the bridge and into the rushing waters.
The driver of the truck was able to drive to an adjacent quarry in search of the woman and then sought assistance from those in the area, who called 911. As a witness was on the phone with the 911 operator, he observed the disabled vehicle go over the side of the bridge and get swept down the body of Broad Run.
A vehicle was located later in the evening about a quarter of a mile from the scene, but high water conditions made it initially too difficult to confirm whether it was the vehicle from the bridge and whether any of the potential victims were inside of it.
Maryland State Police ended the initial search efforts at about 11 p.m. on Friday and resumed efforts at 7 a.m. Saturday morning. However, around 8:30 Saturday morning, investigators recovered the body of 67 year old Daniel Samis, from the sedan with the assistance of the Harford County Technical Rescue Team.
It was initially believed that there were two people in the sedan, however further interviews with witnesses and the Samis’s next of kin regarding his movements Friday evening leads investigators to believe that he was in the vehicle alone at the time the vehicle was swept away. The woman that was swept away has yet to be located and search efforts for her continue. That victim’s identity is being withheld at this time pending family notification.