HARRIMAN, Tenn. (WATE) – It’s been sitting at the bottom of a creek for who knows how long – by Wednesday afternoon, it’s still unclear how it got there.
“It” being a Ford truck that rescue workers say has been underwater at Caney Creek in Roane County for what appears to be years.
When workers were able to hook into and get the truck out of the water, it was rusted and the cab of the truck had collapsed. Rescue workers said the metal was rotted and deteriorated. We’re told no one was inside.
Truck may have been on creek bottom for 5 to 10 years
Roane County rescue squad’s director Eddie Jones saying in his 25 years of rescue and recovery, he’s seen cases like these at least 20 times.
Jones says he believes the truck has been sitting in Caney Creek for more than five years, maybe even 10 years.
Doug Phillips with the Caney Creek Marina said he was anxious to see the Ford brought up out of the water after some complications. A diver came and after troubleshooting a couple of times, the Ford pickup truck is back on dry land.
Foul play not suspected
Jones says he’s glad it was just the truck in the water, and that things didn’t turn out worse.
“When you’re down there digging for someone making sure no one was in it, it’s hard. If there had been somebody in it, the diver that worked today would be debriefed and have a general meeting with everyone that’s here,” he said.
While it’s usually the fishing that brings people out to Caney Creek, on Wednesday, a truck was literally fished out, and landed.
The Roane County Sheriff’s Office tells us this is an open case and while they suspect this could have been a case of insurance fraud; the only possibility they’ve ruled out is foul play.