Truck pulled from river

Sgt. Clifford Utt with the Saline Township Police Department said he wasn’t surprised. He’s seen many vehicles dumped in the mouth of Yellow Creek.

A creek in Jefferson County is becoming more of a dumping ground for trash and other items.

Something that was left behind Monday caused quite a headache for authorities.

Saline Township police officers got a call that there was a truck over a hill, but what they didn’t know when they showed up was the truck was over the hill and completely submerged in the water.

Sgt. Clifford Utt with the Saline Township Police Department said he wasn’t surprised.

He said it’s not the first time he’s seen a car dumped in the mouth of Yellow Creek. He says it happens often.

"It’s not the first one we’ve had here,” he said. “We’ve had several over the past few years here."

The area near Yellow Creek is littered with trash and graffiti and is a hub for dumping unwanted items. Apparently, trucks are no different

"We get a lot of vehicles that are dumped in this area cause its deserted,” Utt said. “A lot of stolen vehicles, they’ll come down here and dump them in the river or in the pits of Yellow Creek."

But this can lead to bigger problems for boaters that pass by if they don’t spot the vehicles first. And as much as they patrol the area, authorities haven’t found a way to stop people from leaving things behind.

"We get a lot of people down here for bonfires,” Utt said. “They come down here fishing and stuff a lot we get calls down here. The fire department gets calls to put fires out. They dump trash. It’s an area that highly used for stuff it shouldn’t be used for."

It took them around an hour to pull the truck from the river, drain it out and tow it away.

There were no license plates or indication of who owns the truck. It may have been stolen.

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