SHILOH, Tenn. — Rescue workers spent the weekend searching the murky waters of the Tennessee River for a man who drove his vehicle off an embankment at a popular restaurant.

The body of 43-year-old Christopher E. Wardlow of Counce, Tenn., was found about 30 feet below the surface and a short distance downstream on Saturday afternoon.

It happened Friday night around 7 p.m. when the man drove a minivan at a high rate of speed through the parking lot of Hagy’s Catfish Hotel Restaurant, off the embankment, and into the Tennessee River.

Hardin County Fire Chief Melvin Martin told the Daily Corinthain the van was located using sonar. Divers, including Martin, recovered the body in low visibility conditions.

Martin said the search was difficult because the river’s water level was “high” due to recent flooding.

Crews searched for the body on Saturday using boats. Helicopters were also used in the search Friday night.

The Tennessee Highway Patrol is investigating the accident.

Staff Writer

Zack Steen was first hired in 1999 as a junior in high school to work in the Daily Corinthian design department. After several years away, he returned in 2014 as staff writer. He's married to the love of his life Brandy and they have 5 wonderful fur-kids.

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