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Crews search river for man

BY KATHLEEN FOX kfox@paducahsun.com

Emergency crews searched most of the weekend for a Trigg County man and his vehicle after he went off the roadway on Saturday night.

James Flood, Trigg County public information officer, said the man ran his truck off Glenwood Mill Road into the river around 8 p.m. Saturday night, about one mile from the intersection with Hwy 272 in Cadiz. Flood said the darkness and the curve in the road contributed to the vehicle missing the roadway. Emergency officials found tire marks that lead down to the river.

The man placed a brief call to family members who then contacted the sheriff's department. The driver said he was unable to get the vehicle door open while it was in the river. Flood said the man was a 71-year old Trigg County resident but wouldn't release his name as of Sunday night.

Flood said crews began a water search for the man and his truck in the Little River, a bay of Lake Barkley, shortly after the emergency call. Personnel searched throughout the night on Saturday until 4 a.m. Sunday morning and then began an expanded search again later that same morning.

Crews located the man's truck before dark Sunday night and were working to get the vehicle out of the river as of late Sunday night. Flood said he hopes to finish the task before morning but the water temperature was forcing drivers to switch shifts and slowing the effort. He said they didn't know at that time if the man was inside the truck.

Flood said emergency management crews from the Trigg County Rescue Squad were assisted by Marshall County Emergency Management personnel and the department's sonar equipment. Boats, divers and cadaver teams from Clarksville, Tenn., and Fort Campbell rescue squads along with many volunteers were also on scene during the search effort. The rapid speed of the river made the search process more difficult until the current slowed down later in the afternoon.

The Trigg County Sheriff's Department began an ongoing investigation of the incident Sunday, he said.

Contact Kathleen Fox, a Paducah Sun staff writer, at 270-575-8651 or follow @kathleendfox on Twitter.

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