BOX ELDER COUNTY, Utah, July 20, 2017 (Gephardt Daily) — A man was rescued by a Highway Patrol trooper and a volunteer fireman after his pickup truck went into a canal off the north side of State Route 30 shortly before 5 p.m. Wednesday.
A UHP news release states that the truck had earlier lane travel issues as it went west on SR-30 through the Bear Hollow area. It hit the guardrail at least twice before going off the road into the canal.
Trooper Justin Zilles arrived about three minutes after the call was received, the release states, and he found the truck in the canal. The passenger window had been broken out, and people on the banks of the canal were yelling at the driver to climb out of his vehicle.
The man didn’t climb out, so Zilles and a volunteer fireman from the Fielding area climbed into the canal and onto the truck, which began to move and sink deeper.
Zilles reached into the passenger window as the truck went under the water and pulled the driver out of the cab of the truck, the release states. He then handed the driver off to the firefighter, and people on the banks pulled the driver out of the canal.
The trooper and the firefighter helped the driver walk up to the highway as the ambulance arrived. The driver was transported to Bear River Valley Hospital to be checked for a medical issue and to make sure he hadn’t been injured in the crash.