(MURFREESBORO) Around 4:15PM Monday afternoon (9/20/2021) a 911 call came in about a box truck had been spotted in rising water alongside Elam Road, near Community Care of Rutherford County. Rutherford County Fire Rescue was on the scene and reported that the vehicle was about 100 yards off the road and there was one man inside the truck.
It was determined that the truck was not hauling anything at the time the incident occurred. A drone was deployed to gain an aerial view and crews were able to walk parallel to the river on dry land looking for options to safely remove the occupant from the vehicle. Crews decided the best option would be to deploy a boat team upriver to rescue the driver.
“Thanks to a seamless team operation between Rutherford County Fire-Rescue, Murfreesboro Fire-Rescue, Rutherford County Sheriffs Office, and Rutherford County Emergency Medical Services, the occupant was safely removed from the vehicle and brought back to dry land where he was evaluated by paramedics,” said RCFR Captain Andy Haston.
Fortunately, the driver was unharmed.
RCFR would like to remind residents that the current and anticipated rainfall amounts have many areas experiencing high water alerts and, in some cases, road closures. Live by the slogan "turn around, don't drown".
To access flooded areas here in Rutherford County visit: rcgis.maps.arcgis.com/apps/dashboards/09d7baee3522455ea617f2b24dea6dc6.