72-Year-Old Man Dies After Driving Vehicle Into Floodwaters

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72-Year-Old Man Dies After Driving Vehicle Into Floodwaters

CREATED Jun 6, 2014

LAWRENCE COUNTY, Tenn. – A 72-year-old man died Thursday morning after driving his car into standing water due to flash flooding on a Lawrence County roadway.

The victim has been identified as Ralph Barr of Lawrenceburg. 

The Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office said Barr drove his car off the roadway into the water around 9 a.m. Thursday at the intersection of Denson Road and SR 240 in Summertown.

Barr died at the scene. His wife, Dora Barr, told NewsChannel 5 he had been headed into town to pick up some groceries. His car was swept into a creek just a mile from his house. 

"I just don't know what to say, he walked out that door and that was the last time I saw him," Ralph's wife Dora said on Thursday afternoon.

Dora said she believes her husband more than likely tried to swim to safety but was trapped.

"The pressure of the water against his door was too much," she added.

A flash flood warning was out for the area and surrounding counties at the time of Barr's tragic death. 

The NWS said widespread rainfall amounts of four to eight inches had already fallen, and additional rainfall  quickly led to flash flooding.

Numerous water rescues and road closures have been reported in those areas. Drivers were urged to avoid water covered roads and other flood prone areas.