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Driver rescued after being trapped in submerged dump truck

Posted at 5:01 PM, Jun 13, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-13 22:30:29-04

TULSA, Okla. — Two people were rescued by Tulsa firefighters on Thursday afternoon after a dump truck drove off a bridge and landed in a creek.

TFD spokesperson Andrew Little said the driver was trapped and unconscious when crews arrived at the scene at Fry Ditch Creek near 91st and Joplin.

Little said Good Samaritans got into the submerged truck to hold the heads of the men above water so they didn't drown. He said the unconscious driver was trapped by the steering column and gear shift, both which were underwater.

"There was no visibility through the water so they had to gain the information of how he was trapped by just feeling around in the water," TFD Capt. Tom Hufford said in a report.

The truck's roof had to be cut off by firefighters after attempts to pull out the men failed.

The driver regained consciousness and was able to wiggle his legs for rescue crews, Hufford said.

He was transported to a hospital by EMSA.

Hazmat crews were on scene to clean up any possible fuel spills into the creek, TFD said.

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