Jeep Cherokee Drowns in Pennsylvania Flood, Factory Fresh & All

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Jeep Cherokee owner took a shortcut through Pine Grove to get to work, only to encounter a massive swell on the way.

Jeeps can handle nearly everything, from the toughest trails of Moab, to the ever-present danger in war zones around the world. Stock or modified, whatever is dished out, Jeeps can take it.

But sometimes, the situation can overwhelm any given Jeep. Norfolk, Virginia’s NBC affiliate WAVY-TV has the story of Zachary Reichert, whose brand new Jeep Cherokee was caught in the changing tides of fate.

Flooded 2018 Jeep Cherokee

On his way to work, Reichert made a detour through Pine Grove, Pennsylvania in his Cherokee when a flash flood swept upon North Tulpehocken Street. As he told his NBC affiliate, WBRE-TV in Scranton, Pennsylvania, the flooding “just happened out of nowhere.” The flash flood killed the Cherokee, prompting Reichert to call 911.

Flooded 2018 Jeep Cherokee

He then climbed to the roof of his Cherokee to live stream the really live stream on Facebook Live while waiting to be rescued. At one point during the stream, the flash flood starts to move the Cherokee. Despite the disturbing development, Reichert, a military vet who’s likely seen much worse (and admits he can’t swim in the first place), kept his calm and stood his ground.

Flooded 2018 Jeep Cherokee

Thankfully, he wasn’t carried away by the raging waters. Instead, volunteer firefighters drove up to the water-logged Cherokee to carry him off to safety. Alas, he did have to bid farewell to his new Jeep, which is definitely totaled now. Reichert says he respects the volunteers’ commitment and dedication to the Pine Grove community.

Flooded 2018 Jeep Cherokee

He’s also thankful that his 19-month-old son wasn’t with him at the time. However, with more rain to come this week, he’ll likely find another detour off of I-81, far away from the soggy streets of Pine Grove. Let’s just count him lucky to be alive.

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Since launching her professional writing career nearly a decade ago as a fashion blogger, Cameron Aubernon has written for a handful of online and print publications on a wide variety of subjects, including expat issues, fashion, music, and, of course, the automotive industry. The automotive expert was even the editor-in-chief of a popular online lifestyle publication, where she reviewed luxury cars and interviewed fellow automotive enthusiasts.

A graduate of The Evergreen State College Class of 2005 with a bachelor's in liberal arts, Aubernon took a left turn from fashion writing into the automotive realm when she asked a fellow writer via Facebook if she could write for their site. Following an internship, stints with a couple of hyper-local online publications, and a move to Seattle, she made her then-biggest impact with The Truth About Cars, writing full-time for the publication from 2013 to 2015.

Currently, the highly-regarded automotive journalist is a frequent contributor to the high-traffic Internet Brands Auto Group websites Rennlist, Club Lexus, LS1Tech and Mustang Forums, among others.

Aubernon’s expert knowledge of all things Ford trucks has also made her a mainstay as one of the most prolific writers on Ford Truck Enthusiasts and F-150 Online.

Aubernon can be contacted via email at [email protected].

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