Teens trapped on top of submerged truck in Knox County

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KNOX COUNTY, Ky. (WKYT) - The sign warns of possible high water, but most days that's not a necessary warning on Highway 223. On Wednesday, that was not the case.

"Probably had 30-40 calls to the dispatch center," estimated Knox County Emergency Manager, Mike Mitchell.

Mitchell said he and his crews stayed busy running to homes and drivers in need of help, even getting themselves cut off at one point. Still, none were more dangerous than what they found on one flooded road, three teens standing on top of a submerged truck.

"It's a scary feeling looking over and seeing the truck sitting like that," pointed Franklin Carnes, who said his friend was behind the wheel.

"It's a 50/50 chance right there, that current could've flipped him," Carnes added.

The teen driver did not want to give his name, but says he saw a car cross the bridge before him so he gave it a shot. He was not so lucky, and found himself in deeper water than it appeared, still he was able to back out. Then he made a second attempt.

"How many times did you hit it?" Carnes asked his friend.

"I hit it twice," the driver responded.

"Did you figure out you couldn't float the second time?" chuckled Carnes.

"Yeah, figured that out quick," replied the teen.

"It's a wonder that they hadn't have drowned right there. They're really lucky right there," said Carnes, who then asked his friend, "I'd say you was scared to death when you got in that right there."

"Yeah, I was scared to death, scared for my woman was going to die," explained the teen, "because they tried to rescue her and she got caught in the current and they couldn't pull her."

All three were pulled out safely, but rescuers say the teen girl had to be treated for hypothermia.

"She had to go to the hospital and get her stomach pumped," elaborated the driver.

"I just thank God that he wasn't hurt or nothing like that," said Carnes.

While many in the area say the creek never gets this bad, this stuck truck left in the water shows that warning signs were right.

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