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Sheriff: Witnesses say driver of vehicle which plunged into Tennessee River in Shiloh waved to them



Hardin County law enforcement and fire department personnel are on the bank of the Tennessee River in Shiloh tonight after a vehicle plunged into the water near a popular restaurant shortly before 7.
“I was just at Hagy’s for dinner and a man in a silver minivan purposely drove into the river at a high rate of speed. As he sank he waved goodbye to people in the parking lot,” a woman told The Courier in a private message Friday.
At the scene, Hardin County Fire Chief Melvin Martin said that according to witnesses, it appears the incident is no accident, and that a person in the vehicle did not get out before it sank.
Rescue personnel are doing what they can, but “it’s probably too dangerous to put divers in the water at night with the flood stage,” he said.
Hardin County Sheriff Johnny Alexander said rescue boats are in the water, and the Tennessee Highway Patrol is currently investigating the incident as a motor vehicle crash.
“It looks like the guy just came rolling down the road and never even checked up — just went right into the water,” he said.
Witnesses at the scene said the driver was waving at them, Alexander said.


  1. Summer wardlow on March 20, 2021 at 7:10 pm

    He’s my husband 😭

    • Vickie Lassiter on March 23, 2021 at 12:09 pm

      My son lost his life at the same place 11yrs ago.
      I am so sorry for your loss.
      We didn’t locate him until 12 days after. It’s been our favorite place for over 60 yrs. He and his grandmother came often.
      This has sure disturbed me; and I sincerely feel for you and family. Prayers for you all🙏🙏😢😥

    • Barbara daugherty on March 23, 2021 at 1:15 pm

      So very sorry

    • Ashley on March 23, 2021 at 3:39 pm

      So sorry for your loss

      • Michelle Thompson on March 25, 2021 at 2:28 pm

        Summer, I am so very sorry to hear that this was your husband. I can’t imagine the heartbreaking pain you must be going thru. I used to live in Childers Hill and knew the Wardlow family there but I don’t know your husband. I just wanted to say that my prayers are with you and his family during this horribly difficult time. May the presence of the Lord wrap you in his arms and help you to find the comfort your heart needs and the strength to get you thru this. I am so sorry for your loss hunny.🙏🙏🙏❤

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