A man driving his car on the Natchez Trace was killed after his car left the roadway and entered a flooded creek. He drowned in the floodwater. His wife was a passenger in the car. She was able to escape and get to safety. The car accident happened near Central at Burcham Creek.
The vehicle was northbound and crossed over the southbound lane and into a ravine that leads to the creek. Two muddy lines in the ditch from the wheels indicated the path the car took. The path began shortly before the bridge and ended at the creek, where some tree limbs were broken from the impact.
Rescue workers said the creek had swelled to about 7 or 8 feet deep with brown, muddy water. They said a resident of the area told them it normally is only about a foot deep.
The accident is being investigated by the National Park Service. They have jurisdiction in that area. They are not sure what caused the accident. It was raining at the time of the accident but it is unknown if that was a factor.