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Man found dead in truck pulled out of river

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At 8:19 a.m. on Thursday, Jan 5., Swain County dispatch received a call about a gray pickup truck flooded in the middle of the Tuckasegee River off Carringer Street in Bryson City.

Steven Washington, approximately in his early 50s according to a neighbor, was found dead inside his truck when Swain County Rescue finally reached it via a neighbor’s canoe.

“We do not suspect foul play, however, we are not ruling it out,” said Bryson City Chief of Police Greg Jones. “We don’t know if the truck had an issue or if there was some underlying medical issue.”

An officer for the Bryson City Police Department said it appears Washington backed up into the river, citing tire tracks from Washington’s gravel driveway on Carringer Street.

Larry Collins, a neighbor who knew Washington for 13 years, said he heard him cranking up the truck and a loud noise approximately after 6 a.m.

“It sounded like the tow truck that keeps coming around here cause of how the metal clangs and rattles on the back of it, but it was probably him going over the side,” he said.

Collins said Washington hadn’t been feeling well the past couple of days and was currently on full-disability. Washington was taken to Harris Regional Hospital in Sylva for an autopsy.

Smoky Mountain Times

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