Truck goes into river, unknown if occupied

Atchison Globe – August 6, 2018

A pickup went off a boat ramp and into the Missouri River at about 8:30 p.m. Sunday at Atchison, Kansas.

First responders said they’re not certain if it was occupied, and the incident was handled as an emergency rescue situation.

As of 9:45 p.m., no sign of the truck had been recovered from the river.

Police Chief Mike Wilson said an officer had been in the immediate area and made it to the scene in time to watch the cab of the truck fully sink into the river.

In low light conditions, the officer didn’t observe anyone inside at that time, Wilson said.

The city of Atchison is relying on assistance from the Atchison County Rescue Squad and the Atchison County Sheriff’s Office, among other agencies, to help in the search.

Assistance from the Overland Park Fire Department dive team will arrive this morning, as soon as conditions are light enough to conduct safe operations, Fire Chief Ted Graf said.

Update:
Rescuers found the location of a truck that went into the Missouri River late Sunday.

The Atchison Globe reports that the location of the pickup truck, which went off a boat ramp, is marked with buoys Monday morning but has not been pulled out of the water.

It was unclear if there was anyone inside, but authorities were able to contact the truck’s owner, a 48-year-old man, in his house.

The pickup truck went off a boat ramp and into the Missouri River in Atchison, Kansas, on Sunday evening.

Police Chief Mike Wilson said an officer had been in the immediate area and made it to the scene in time to watch the cab of the truck fully sink into the river.

In low light conditions late Sunday, the officer didn’t observe anyone inside at that time, Wilson said.

The city of Atchison relied on assistance from the Atchison County Rescue Squad and the Atchison County Sheriff’s Office, among other agencies, to help in the search.
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