COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV) - Crews worked for more than two hours to pull a truck out of a ravine after a driver went off the road early Saturday.
The crash happened a little before 7 a.m. on Highway 24 just east of 21st Street. The driver ended up down a ravine into Fountain Creek and surrounding brush. Police said he only suffered minor injuries and was able to call for help himself after the crash.
It took several agencies to haul the truck back to the road.
"With the help of Randy's Towing, the city Forestry Department and our HAZMAT team, we were able to get everything taken care of," said Driver Engineer Joshua Verplank with the Colorado Springs Fire Department.
Verplank said this was a first for the location, at least in time he's been with CSFD.
"This is the first time we've had a car down this particular ravine since I've been here," he told 11 News.
A police sergeant tells 11 News the crash is still under investigation, including whether the car went airborne and landed in the creek or drove down the embankment.
"It looks like he had to have been going pretty fast," said witness David Leinweber. "He launched [the truck] pretty good to get all the way into the trees and then down into the creek."
Leinweber owns fly fishing outfitter Angler's Covey, located next to the crash site, and says the truck clipped part of his property on its way down into the ravine. He was in good spirits about it.
"It's interesting. Anytime you have something like this, it's like 'Dukes of Hazzard,' you know, in some of the stunts you saw there. Clearly, this guy must have been freaking out when he was in the air. ... Our prayers are for this guy, and hope he recovers well."
The cause of the crash remains under investigation.