Truck Rolled Into the Yakima RiverPosted: Updated:
BENTON COUNTY, Wash. - A fishing trip turned into a nightmare for one man from the Tri-Cities.
Benton County Fire District Number 2 said his truck accidentally rolled into the Yakima River.
Benton County Deputies, firefighters and Columbia Basin Dive Rescue were all called to the scene.
The Public Information Officer for Columbia Basin Dive Rescue said it is pretty common to get called out to retrieve a vehicle in the river.
P.I.O. Scott Pattison said about 20 percent of the calls they go on involve cars or trucks being pulled from water.
Firefighters said the latest situation happened near the Horn Rapids Park in Richland off 240 Wednesday afternoon at around one o'clock in the afternoon.
Officials said the truck was parked in neutral and rolled into the water. The owner told authorities that he thought the emergency brake was on.
Pattison said Dive Rescue was called to the scene to try and get the car out of the water, but Benton County Deputies determined that it was too far gone down the river and that the cables used to pull it from the water would not reach.
Pattison said the faster the water the more dangerous the call. He said when divers are called to pull a vehicle out of the water they have to worry about being pinned underneath the car and stuck inside of it.
Dive Rescue said the truck is floating somewhere a long the Yakima River.