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Trucker rescued after rig hits water

August 9, 2012
The Leader Herald

TICONDEROGA (AP) - A Broadalbin resident is recovering after being rescued from an overturned rig partially submerged in a North Country lake.

Officials say 40-year-old Michael J. Rodriguez apparently lost control of a tractor-trailer hauling paper at about 1 a.m. Tuesday on a sharp curve in Ticonderoga, near the Vermont border. The truck flipped over into Eagle Lake, leaving Rodriguez trapped in a cab filled with eight feet of water.

Rescuers told the Press-Republican of Plattsburgh that only Rodriguez's chin and nose were above water.

Firefighters working in the dark cut a hole in the truck's door, removed the passenger-side seat and pulled the driver out. Rodriguez had been able to take his seat belt off.

The Broadalbin resident was hospitalized with leg injuries and fluid in the lungs.



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