On Monday night, at 8:56, a call came into dispatch that a car had rolled into the Little Tennessee River on the Greenway, at 730 Riverview St. Tony Ashe, from the Franklin Police Department, was called to investigate. He determined that the car accidently rolled into the river and no charges were filed. George Bell, the driver of the 2001 Pontiac Firebird, said he thought he had a flat tire so he stopped to investigate at the top of an access road that leads down to the Greenway.
Willard Mason, of Franklin, a passenger in the car, got out and then Bell followed. After the two left the vehicle, the car began to roll down the hill, striking Mason on the leg and foot. Mason was treated by Macon County EMS officials and transported to Angel Medical Center, where he was treated and released.
At 8 a.m. on Tuesday morning, the Franklin Fire Department and Emergency Management officials were called to meet the Police Department at the scene. Franklin Fire Chief, Warren Cabe, said that they determined that the vehicle was not occupied before proceeding to remove the car.
The fire deparment utilized their new ladder truck to get the vehicle out of the river. The Cowee Fire Department Sift Water Rescue Team and the Cullasaja Fire Department, with team diver Bobby Henry and Ambassador Auto, performed the procedure. Photos by Vickie Carpenter