Driver, dog survive plunge off bridge |

Driver, dog survive plunge off bridge

by liz kellar
Staff Writer

A San Juan Ridge man is suspected to have been driving under the influence when he lost control of his truck and drove off a bridge at Shady Creek Crossing Friday night.

William Scott, 27, was driving a 1981 Ford F150 pickup truck when he left the road at about 6 p.m. and "took out the upstream guard rail" at the crossing, said North San Juan Fire Assistant Chief Boyd Johnson.

The truck landed upside down about 20 feet below in the creekbed, Johnson said, adding that Scott was lucky that the cab did not end up in the water.

The pickup's cab was crushed, requiring firefighters to extricate Scott and his dog by cutting them out.

The rescue was complicated because of the odd location of the truck, Johnson said.

Firefighters from Camptonville and Nevada County Consolidated assisted in the rescue, which took about an hour, Johnson added.

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"They were hugely helpful," he said. "Because of the holiday, we only had five firefighters, so the extra help was much appreciated."

Scott was not seriously injured, Johnson said, and was transported via helicopter to Sutter Roseville Medical Center. He was discharged Sunday, according to a hospital spokeswoman.

According to Johnson, Scott's dog was unscathed.

"Once he was freed, he immediately went to his owner," Johnson said.

Scott is facing charges of driving without a license and driving under the influence, said California Highway Patrol Officer Justin Barnthouse.

To contact Staff Writer Liz Kellar, email or call (530) 477-4229.

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