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Five rescued from rising flood waters
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Emergency crews work quickly to retrieve five people from this pickup after it was almost submerged in a rushing creek Sunday afternoon. - photo by Angie Meadows

Five people, including a 16-month-old, were rescued Sunday after swift creek waters swept their pickup off the road.

This was the second time in five days that rushing water carried a vehicle off the water-covered bridge at Odom Page Road in Liberty. 

It happened in the exact same place Sunday afternoon where an Amazon commercial van was washed off the road last Tuesday. This time five people were trapped in their pickup until help arrived.

According to state trooper Brent Collier of the Tennessee Highway Patrol, James Sellars, 29, of Hendersonville, who later told authorities he and his passengers were out on a Sunday sight-seeing trip, was traveling south on the Odom Page Road in a 2014 Dodge 1500 Ram pickup when he tried unsuccessfully to cross where the road was submerged in swift water. 

The truck was swept into the creek with Sellars and his passengers inside including Stormy Creasy, 29, of Hendersonville, Charles Patrick, 61, of Smithville, and Margaret Humphrey, 63, of Smithville, along with the 16-month-old boy.

According to DeKalb County Fire Chief Donny Green, all five occupants, including the child, were safely rescued with the help of swift water rescue teams from Lebanon Fire and Rescue/ Wilson County Emergency Management, the Putnam County Rescue Squad, Smith County Rescue Squad, DeKalb Telephone Cooperative (bucket truck), and Caney Fork Electric Cooperative (bucket truck).

“We send a huge thank you to all responding agencies and partners,” said Chief Green. “Others assisting on the scene were the DeKalb County Fire Department, DeKalb County Rescue, Emergency Medical Services, DeKalb County Sheriff’s Department, Tennessee Highway Patrol including a helicopter which hovered overhead in case of an airlift, the DeKalb County Emergency Management Agency, Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency, and Randy Mulloy with a truck crane.”

No one was injured but Sellars was charged with driving on a suspended license.