SALEM — A 16-year-old Salem boy is expected to recover after police rescued him from underneath a van.

He was trapped in 3 feet of mud and water. When police arrived on the scene, they could not see the boy beneath the 1998 Toyota van he had just crashed.

"We could hear him yelling," they said. "We could see one foot and had to dig the other out."

The teen was headed west on 400 North in Salem just before 11 p.m. Tuesday when he tried to pass another vehicle and lost control of his van, said Sgt. Brad Bishop of the Salem city police.

The teen, who was not wearing a seat belt, was thrown from the vehicle, Bishop said.

The van rolled down an embankment into a marshy area and settled on top of the youth, Bishop said. He, sustained third-degree burns on his back, police said, adding that he is expected to recover.