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Firefighter, several others help save man from submerged truck

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Source: Sanilac County Sheriff's Dept. Source: Sanilac County Sheriff's Dept.

Authorities say a firefighter and several others helped save a man from a vehicle upside down in ditch water after his truck was hit by a semi in Sanilac County.

It happened on Wednesday, Sept. 7 about 12:35 p.m. at the intersection of Ruth Road and Bay City-Forestville Road in Delaware Township.

Investigators said a 2003 Freightliner, driven by a 70-year-old man from Florida, was heading eastbound on Bay City-Forestville Road when he failed to yield at the stop sign and continued into the intersection.

The semi hit the driver’s side of a northbound 1997 GMC pickup driven by a 50-year-old man from Ruth.

The impact of the crash caused the pickup to go airborne off the roadway and land upside down in a deep drainage ditch.

A Delaware Township firefighter was driving in the area and arrived just after the crash. The firefighter and several other residents who stopped to help were able to make their way down to the flipped over truck.

The rescuers lifted the truck and pulled enough to get the unconscious and not breathing man out of the water. Rescuers performed CPR and the victim was resuscitated.

The passenger of the pickup, a 27-year-old man from Bad Axe, was able to free himself from the truck.

The driver of the pickup was taken to Deckerville Hospital and then flown to Covenant Hospital. His condition is unknown. 

The passenger was taken to Harbor Beach Hospital for treatment.

The semi driver was not hurt. 

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