Passersby help save motorist who plunged into Bear River |

Passersby help save motorist who plunged into Bear River

Several people jumped into the icy Bear River at Dog Bar Road Friday afternoon, holding up and comforting a driver whose vehicle had flipped into the water until rescue workers could arrive.

People were waist-deep in the current, while rescue workers scrambled to pull the driver out from the vehicle 50 yards upstream from the Dog Bar bridge on the Placer County side.

One dispatch report said eight people were in the water, but that figure could not be confirmed.

The driver, a man whose name was not immediately available, was the sole occupant of the vehicle and was flown by helicopter to Sutter-Roseville Medical Center for treatment.

The incident closed the road for more than an hour.

The man was driving a small Ford SUV on Dog Bar Road where the road crosses the Bear River. The accident was called in by a mobile phone at about 3:32 p.m. Friday, said Sgt. David Johnson of the Placer County Sheriff’s Department.

For a photo gallery of the rescue, visit and click on this story.

Staff Photographer John Hart contributed to this report. To contact Staff Writer Kyle Magin, e-mail or call (530) 477-4239.

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