Man hospitalized after driving car into Jordan River

Published: Sunday, Jan. 5 2014 5:16 p.m. MST

A man was pulled from a vehicle in the Jordan River near 500 North and Redwood Road early Sunday morning.

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SALT LAKE CITY — A man was hospitalized in serious condition after being pulled from a car in the Jordan River early Sunday morning.

The man, whose name has not been released but who is described as in his late 20s, was driving west on 500 North just before 4 a.m. when his vehicle entered the river near Redwood Road, Jasen Asay, Salt Lake City Fire Department spokesman, said.

Asay said the vehicle came to a stop upside down and partially submerged in the river. The accident was reported by people in the area and crews responded quickly to free the man, who was in danger of hypothermia, Asay said.

The man was transported to a local hospital with injuries to his legs.

"He was conscious the whole time," Asay said. "We don’t think he ever lost consciousness."

The Salt Lake Police Department is investigating the accident. Asay said at this time it is unclear what caused the man to leave the road and enter the river.

"From what we saw when we were there, we didn’t have any idea of what caused it," he said.

More information will be provided as it becomes available.

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