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Off-duty firefighter pulls man from River Des Peres

10:38 PM, Jun 16, 2013   |    comments
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SOUTH ST. LOUIS (KSDK) -- The driver of a pickup truck that crashed into the River Des Peres is recovering thanks to a quick thinking off-duty firefighter.

His truck was pulled from the murky water after firefighters say the man somehow lost control while driving on Courtois Street in south St. Louis.

Off-duty St. Louis firefighter Chris Dimza just happened to be driving by when he saw people waving like something was wrong.  Dimza jumped into the water and swam toward the bubbles rising from below. 

As Dimza was swimming he saw the driver come to the surface.  Dimza pulled the bewildered man to safety on the shore.

The man was transported to an area hospital with unknown injuries.

Firefighters on the scene say nobody else was in the vehicle when it crashed.

There is no word on why the man's truck left the roadway.

NewsChannel 5 will bring you more information as it becomes available.


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