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Oakland: Firefighters rescue driver just after I-880 drinking water canal plunge


OAKLAND — A rapid response from Oakland Fireplace Section firefighters helped rescue a driver just after his sport-utility car crashed off Interstate 880 lanes Sunday into a drinking water canal, authorities said.

About 8:50 p.m., California Freeway Patrol officers gained a report of a vehicle collision involving a white SUV off northbound I-880 lanes south of the Significant Avenue off-ramp.

Officers arrived at the scene to discover the SUV about 60 toes off the roadway and 20 ft down an embankment.

Oakland Fireplace Division firefighters aboard two engines responded in minutes,  achieving the SUV and calling the driver, who was conscious.

The SUV’s driver aspect was submerged in about three feet of water, but firefighters managed to get him out through another doorway and on to close by dry ground.

He was treated and taken to a healthcare facility, Oakland Fire Office spokesman Michael Hunt claimed.

The CHP’s Oakland business office is investigating the incident. Any individual with details may possibly phone 510-957-8247.

Contact George Kelly at 408-859-5180.



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