A Hickman County man's car was overtaken by flood water on his way to work Thursday.
HICKMAN COUNTY, Tenn. -
A Hickman County man had to be rescued after his car was taken over by floodwater Thursday morning.
Jeffrey Sullivan, 51, was heading to his job as a car salesman at Victory Car Sales in Columbia when his 2006 Chevy Impala hydroplaned on Highway 50 at Hicks Lane.
Sullivan said he was driving about 40 miles per hour and never saw the river of water crossing the highway until it was too late.
His car then left the road and ended up in the culvert that was swollen with raging rain water.
Sullivan only had moments to get to safety as water filled his car.
“Within two to three seconds, I was under water, and because the car was submerged under water, I could not open my doors,” he explained.
Sullivan’s driver side window would not open and he could not fit through the sunroof. He climbed over the center console and opened the passenger window.
A woman who saw what witnessed his struggle stopped to help.
“A lady threw a rope and she pulled me to safety. God Bless her,” Sullivan said.
After he was pulled to safety, Sullivan got a ride to work with the Maury County Sheriff’s Office.
Victory Car Sales Finance manager Trent Jones was there as his employee arrived soaking wet.
“Imagine our surprise as he rolls up in a sheriff’s car. We got a phone call of an accident. We didn’t realize the extent until he showed up. He was soaking wet form the waist down. We were proud of him for showing up for duty,” Jones told News 2.
Both Sullivan and Jones said what happened Thursday morning is a reminder to be extra cautious when water is on a roadway.