SUV in River

Emergency services agencies, including the Gasquet Fire Department and the Del Norte County Sheriff's Office search and rescue team, respond Sunday to a report of an SUV that ran off U.S. Highway 199 and into the Smith River.

An SUV reportedly drove off U.S. Highway 199 at about 8 a.m. Sunday, down an embankment and partly into the Middle Fork Smith River near Patrick Creek Road.

A variety of passersby helped an occupant out of the vehicle after the crash, according to a California Highway Patrol (CHP) incident report.

CHP said the Del Norte County Sheriff's Office search and rescue team used a 100-foot cable to pull the vehicle from the water.

Minor crash injuries were reported. The cause remained under investigation Monday morning.

Highway 199 was reopened within two hours.


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