Driver pulled from car in river
December 13, 2005
A motorist was taken to the hospital Tuesday after flipping his vehicle into the Crystal River.The man, whose name was not available Tuesday night, was basically unhurt. He was taken to the hospital for observation after an unidentified good Samaritan pulled him from his car that slid off Gunnison County Road 3 and into the Crystal River near Marble .According to Carl Smith of the Carbondale and Rural Volunteer Fire Department, the car was well off the road, down an embankment and visible only to traffic headed downvalley. The car landed on its roof, pinning the driver inside for nearly an hour before help arrived, Smith said.Will Handville, a fire department employee, was on his way home on McClure Pass and was near the scene at 3:41 p.m., when the call went out for an ambulance, Smith said. Handville reportedly was at the scene within minutes and put the chilled driver in his car with the heater on to await an ambulance after someone else had pulled the victim from the car.No other vehicles were involved, according to the Colorado State Patrol, and the driver was taken to Valley View Hospital for treatment and observation.