Note: This story was last updated at 12:45 a.m.
CLAXTON–One person is confirmed dead after a vehicle crashed into Bull Run Creek in Claxton on Thursday night.
The crash was reported to the Anderson County Sheriff’s Department on a straight stretch of New Henderson Road near Bull Run Park at about 9:19 p.m. Thursday.
The body of the man who died in the crash was removed from the water, but the vehicle remained submerged for several more hours until a dive team located it and a tow truck pulled it out at about midnight. The man is believed to have been alone in the vehicle, which appeared to be a silver sport utility vehicle.
Before the vehicle was removed from the water, rescuers, including a crew from the Knox County Sheriff’s Office with help from an Anderson County Rescue Squad boat, had circled an area about 20-40 feet from shore, looking for the submerged vehicle. They located it before midnight.
The Tennessee Highway Patrol is leading the investigation into the crash, and troopers examined a trail that appeared to lead from the road through roadside posts, gravel, and brush to the water.
Other rescuers assisted at the crash site as well, including the Claxton Volunteer Fire Department.
More information will be added as it becomes available.