Oklahoma man drowns after swept away by floodwaters

January 11, 2020 GMT

KIOWA, Okla. (AP) — An Oklahoma man drowned Saturday after he was swept away from his stalled truck by floodwaters from severe storms that hit the state and other parts of the U.S. South, officials said.

Randall Hyatt was in his Chevy pickup near Kiowa, Oklahoma, when he drove into deep floodwaters, causing his vehicle to become inoperable, according to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol.

Hyatt, 58, from Wardville, Oklahoma, was overrun by rushing water after exiting his truck.

His body was found about 100 yards away from his vehicle at 8:15 a.m. Saturday. Investigators did not immediately know what time he drowned.

The Oklahoma Department of Transportation reported that portions of several highways in the eastern part of the state remained closed Saturday afternoon due to flooding or flood damage.