Ongoing Investigation: Truck crashes into Lake Chatuge

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HIAWASSEE, Ga. – Towns County emergency responders rushed to the scene of a reported overturned truck spotted in Lake Chatuge near the Macedonia bridge as dawn broke the morning of Sunday, Feb. 18, 2018. Emergency crews spotted the vehicle at the water’s edge beside the “Park and Ride” pull-off. It appears the truck was traveling west on Highway 76, toward Hiawassee, when it exited the roadway, plummeting down the embankment into the lake below. There were no occupants in the vehicle when emergency personnel arrived on scene.

Towns County Fire and Rescue Chief Harold Copeland tells FetchYourNews that the dive team responded in the event rescue efforts were needed.

“The dive team swept the lake in a grid fashion, using sonar,” Chief Copeland said. “The rear window of the truck was broken, so there were concerns someone may be in the water, but no one was located.”

There are unconfirmed reports from outside sources who claim the vehicle was stopped by law enforcement in Rabun County shortly after 1 a.m. on the same morning the truck was discovered in Lake Chatuge. Towns County Sheriff’s Office is unable to confirm the report due to the fact the incident is currently under investigation. Several sources tell FetchYourNews that the driver of the vehicle has not been located at the time of publication.

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