Two dead after SUV fully submerges in water off Tennessee boat ramp

Posted at 4:21 PM, Sep 04, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-04 16:21:18-04

Tennessee Highway Patrol has confirmed that two men died when an SUV became fully submerged after going off a boat ramp in Hardin County.

The accident occurred around 12:43 pm Saturday on State Highway 69 in Saltillo, TN.

Ritchie V. Weaver, 64, of Milledgeville and Ronnie K. Steele, 63, of Bethel Springs were traveling in a 1997 Mercury Mountaineer when the vehicle went off a boat ramp and into the water.

Weaver, the driver, is believed to have escaped the car, but drowned thereafter.

THP, as well as medical examiners, are still investigating the incident.