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JONESBORO — One woman died in a Union County flash flood incident Sunday in Trail of Tears State Park.

Union County Sheriff Scott Harvel said his office received a call at about 6 p.m. Sunday of a vehicle that was off the road in a creek in the state park. Upon arriving at the scene, Harvel said, crews could not locate the vehicle.

However, he said it was found about .3 miles west of the road from which it was washed away.

Harvel said one of the two passengers, an unnamed man, was found and told officers that the vehicle rolled about three times, breaking the back windshield of the vehicle, allowing them to escape.

Harvel told The Southern that the two were able to make it out of the vehicle and were sitting on the trunk of the car when it hit a logjam, and the impact threw them from the vehicle. He said the man was able to get to the bank, but the other passenger, an unnamed woman, did not.

The search for the woman went until about 10:30 p.m. Sunday, when Harvel said it was called off until 6:30 a.m. Monday. He said the woman’s body was found at about 7:10 a.m., .7 miles from where the vehicle came off the road.

He said there was an estimated 10 feet of water in the creek when he arrived on the scene — he said several inches of water had fallen in Union County Sunday, prompting flash flooding.

The identities of the vehicle’s occupants were being withheld until family could be notified of the woman’s death.

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