Firefighters rescue unconscious driver, stop car from falling into river

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Firefighters tied the car down to ensure it wouldn't fall 15-20 feet into the water. (Ottawa Fire Services - image credit)
Firefighters tied the car down to ensure it wouldn't fall 15-20 feet into the water. (Ottawa Fire Services - image credit)

Ottawa firefighters completed a rescue out of a movie scene Friday night after a driver's car went off the side of the road and nearly fell 15-20 feet into the water below.

Police notified firefighters of a collision at Bank Street and Riverside Drive at 8:27 p.m., where it appeared the driver had hit a tree or pole, an Ottawa Fire Services release said.

Firefighters got on the scene about four minutes after getting the call and were told the driver — a man in his 50s — was unconscious and trapped inside the car, teetering on the edge of the road.

The vehicle was quickly tied off to prevent it from falling, but the water rescue teams were sent in as a precaution.

About 20 minutes after first arriving on scene, firefighters started removing the door to get the driver out.

At 8:47 p.m., the door was completely removed, and the driver was taken out.

Ottawa Paramedic Service attended the scene and the driver was taken to hospital in serious but stable condition.

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