Mike Wilbur

KNOXVILLE, TN ENGINE OVERTAKEN BY FLOODWATERS

As the Knoxville Fire Department was rescuing a man from a vehicle trapped in floodwaters Saturday morning, a firetruck became trapped, itself.

A three-person team with KFD responded to the trapped driver around 7:30 a.m. near the intersection of Fair Drive and Knox Road.

Firefighters approached the scene on Fair Drive and saw the vehicle trapped in more than a foot of water, KFD spokesman Capt. D.J. Corcoran said.

“It stalled out, and the person couldn’t get out,” he said. “(Firefighters) pulled the truck next to the car and were able to get the man out.”

But the weight of the truck, combined with the ground’s saturation, caused the edge of the road to give away.

“The truck slid and slid off into the ditch there,” Corcoran said. “The truck is just sitting out there in the water. When the water goes down and the rain stops, we’ll have a wrecker pull that truck out.”

As of 5 p.m., the truck had not been moved from its location near the Kroger in Fountain City.

Firefighters took all the emergency equipment they might need from the truck. Corcoran said KFD is hoping the truck did not suffer any electrical damage.

No one was injured in either incident, he said.

“The dangers are visible for drivers, or should be, and the city has put barricades up in most places to prevent drivers from entering in dangerous situations,” Corcoran said. “The ground is so saturated, there is nowhere else for the water to go.”

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