Birmingham Firefighters Rescue Motorist from Creek

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - Birmingham firefighters have rescued a motorist whose car apparently hit a guardrail and tumbled 13 feet into a creek below.

Birmingham Fire and Rescue Capt. D.K. Carter said the driver, who was conscious, was taken Sunday to UAB Hospital for treatment.

The victim's name was not immediately released.

Authorities told The Birmingham News that the 1998 Saturn slammed into a guardrail near a ramp for Interstate 59, struck a tree and fell into a creek. The car landed on the driver's side.

Rescuers used a basket and ropes to raise the injured motorist from the waterway.

It was unclear how long he was in the creek.

Carter said no witnesses reported seeing the accident.

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