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Crews remove the 2005 Ford mini van from the Tennessee River.

A one vehicle accident occurred Friday evening around 7:00 pm claiming the life of Christopher E. Wardlow 43, from Counce. According to eyewitnesses the driver waved to bystanders in the parking lot as he sped towards the Tennessee River. The vehicle came to rest about 100 feet from the bank and sank in an area about thirty feet deep. Swift currents caused by rising flood waters made immediate recovery of the vehicle impossible. “We waited until daylight today because of the river conditions.” Said Melvin Martin, Hardin County Fire Chief and EMA Director. The river was approaching nine inches over flood stage with a swift current during the time of the recovery effort. The vehicle and it’s occupant were recovered at 1:00 pm Saturday afternoon. The incident is still under investigation at this time.

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