Big Rig Rollover Into Creek Leads To Emergency Rescue Of Truck Driver

Watertown, Tennessee – Emergency crews in Tennessee rescued a truck driver whose rig overturned into a swiftly flowing creek on Friday.

At approximately 12:30 p.m. a tractor-trailer rolled over into Smith Fork Creek between Watertown and Statesville, TN. According to a report in the Lebanon Democrat, the trailer was loaded with propane tanks.

Emergency responders including Wilson County sheriff’s deputies, Watertown volunteer firefighters and Tennessee Highway Patrol troopers worked to rescue the truck driver who had climbed out of the truck and was on the roof. Officials said the creek’s briskly moving and cold, high waters posed a serious threat to the truck driver.

 

Crews finally pulled the driver to safety nearly an hour after the wreck occurred. Officials also indicated a strong smell of propane was detected a few hundred yards away from the scene of the rescue.

The truck driver’s name has not yet been released and the cause of the accident has not yet been determined, according to authorities.

Image courtesy of Lebanon Democrat.

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