Churchill County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call just before 9 a.m. this morning, March 23, of a report of a submerged and overturned vehicle in the irrigation ditch at the corner of South Allen and Sorenson Roads.
The Churchill County Sheriff’s Office, Fallon/Churchill Volunteer Fire Department’s dive team and Banner EMS responded to that area and located a small passenger car fully submerged in the swiftly flowing canal ditch water. Deputies from the Churchill County Sheriff’s Office and members of the dive team entered the water to check the car for occupants and located the driver who was pronounced dead on scene. The driver has been identified as Lawrence Fowler III.
The investigation continues; however, preliminary information indicates that the vehicle was traveling south on South Allen Road when it left the roadway and struck the cement bridge abutment on the west side of South Allen Road before overturning into the canal.