Owner awakes to find truck submerged in nearby pond

Photo: WKRN
Photo: WKRN

BELLEVUE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Some tense moments Wednesday morning in Bellevue after a man discovered his truck at the bottom of a pond.

The Ford rolled down a steep hill, but how it got there and whether anyone was inside when it plunged into the water remains a mystery.

Photo: WKRN
Photo: WKRN

News 2 spoke to the truck’s owner who said he thought it had been stolen after he woke up around 6 a.m. and realized it was not where he had parked it Tuesday night.

“I told them my truck was gone,” Alfredo Ortiz said.

Ortiz said he then saw debris from his truck floating in the water and realized it was in the pond.

“About an hour later, [I] stopped by the office to let them know what happened and I started noticing some of the stuff in my truck was on the road and some of it floating in the pond.”

By 9:30 a.m. emergency crews arrived to the scene. A diving crew also responded since the initial concern was whether anyone is actually inside the submerged truck.

Photo: WKRN
Photo: WKRN

Within minutes of diving into the murky water, a diver signaled that the truck was empty and that no one was trapped inside.

Ortiz said he is relived.

Police said they are now working to determine who stole Ortiz’s truck and ran it into the lake.

According to Ortiz, it was stolen between 8:30 p.m. Tuesday and 5:30 a.m. Wednesday.

A guardrail and lamp post were both damaged. No injuries were reported.

Anyone with information is urged to call Metro police at 615-862-8600.