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Man drowns during flash flooding in Sullivan

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John Lyons, 60, was driving along Hamilton Hollow Road when his vehicle got stuck and he drowned John Lyons, 60, was driving along Hamilton Hollow Road when his vehicle got stuck and he drowned

SULLIVAN, Mo. (KMOV.com) – A Sullivan man drowned while inside his vehicle during flash flooding in Washington County Tuesday night.

John Lyons, 60, was driving along Hamilton Hollow Road at the edge of Meramec State Park near Sullivan when his vehicle got stuck in the water.

Sullivan Fire Chief Rick White said authorities received a call for a car in the water followed by a call for a car overturned around 8:40 p.m. When first responders arrived to the scene they saw a car submerged and water rushing over the top of it.

When crews were able to access the car, Lyons was already dead, authorities said.

According to Chief White, the area frequently floods.

“”If they see water, don't drive through it. It's not worth it, your life is more important than anything else,” said Chief White. “You can never tell, with the way it rained and these gravel roads, you can come into a road that's been totally washed out.”

The Missouri Highway Patrol is currently handling the investigation.

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