BRADFORD COUNTY — The driver of this truck ended up in the Susquehanna River in Bradford County.
The Wyalusing fire chief says it happened around 11 p.m. on Wednesday.
A 24-year-old man from West Virginia drove into the river. And then ended up swimming to the other side!
The fire chief for the Good Will Fire Company, Brad Fassett, assisted in the rescue. He says the water must have been about 40 degrees.
“The individual who swam across the river, in our book, is lucky to be alive,” said Fassett.
The fire chief said the driver’s GPS told him he could take State Route 2025 and cross the river. A sign states that the road ends. The man didn’t see it since it was late at night and he drove right in the Susquehanna River.
“With the river and the forces they way they are, it wouldn’t take much for someone to drown very easily. Time is the essence and we want to get there as soon as possible,” said Fassett.
People near Homets Ferry heard the man screaming for help early Thursday morning.
When the rescue crew found him. He told them about the GPS issue.
People who live near the river said they don’t get it.
Residents said there used to be a ferry in the area, but that’s long gone.
“It’s not been here for years and years. It’s quite obvious when you get there that there’s no ferry you can drive across,” said Ronald Davenport from Wylausing Township.
But it’s actually the second time it’s happened this year!
The fire chief in Laceyville says another driver had a similar GPS problem in January, but he was able to get off the river since it was iced over at the time.
Even so, vehicles in the river are not something they’re used to dealing with.
“Yeah, we don’t see that too much up in this area,” said Fassett.
The driver found eight hours later near river bank. He was treated at Memorial Hospital in Towanda for hypothermia-like symptoms.
As for the vehicle, it’s still in the water and authorities said they’re not sure when it will be retrieved.