A 19-year-old from Bussey is dead following a crash at a boat ramp at Rathbun Lake. The Appanoose County Sheriff’s Department says it got a call about two this (Thursday) morning that a vehicle with people inside was submerged at the Prairie Ridge boat ramp. Officers who arrived found a Lexus SUV partly underwater and sent divers into the water.
They pulled 19-year-old Chandler Heiden from the vehicle, and say four other people escaped from the vehicle. Heiden was taken to a Centerville hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Deputies say the group had been visiting friends at a nearby campground and when they left the driver didn’t realize he was driving along an access road to the boat ramp, and the SUV went into the water.