A man was taken to the hospital and a child was not injured when a pickup truck, boat, and trailer rolled backward into the Clinch River at Solway Park late Thursday afternoon, authorities said.
The man was pulling the boat out of the water when a young child inside the pickup truck knocked the vehicle out of gear, Oak Ridge Fire Department Battalion Chief David Harrington said. The truck and a boat and trailer that were attached rolled backward into the water at about 4:50 p.m. Thursday.
The man went into the water to get the child and was able to save the kid, who was not injured, but the man got cold from being in the water and was taken to the hospital for an evaluation, Harrington said.
The small fishing boat, the Chevrolet pickup truck, and the trailer floated about 25 feet from shore at the Edgemoor Road boat launch and then sank, Harrington said. Firefighters in a boat were able to use long pipe poles to feed a cable through the windows of the submerged truck to allow it be pulled out of the water by a tow truck around 8:10 p.m. Thursday.
More information will be added as it becomes available.
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