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Man rescued out of Jordan River Sunday morning

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Posted at 9:57 AM, Jan 05, 2014
and last updated 2014-01-05 19:49:53-05

SALT LAKE CITY — A man is in serious condition after he was found in a Salt Lake City river in his car early Sunday morning, officials said.

At 3:52 a.m., fire crews responded to a vehicle upside down in the Jordan River in the area of 500 North Redwood Road.

Police say speed was likely a factor in the crash when the driver, who was heading westbound on 500 North, hit the curb.

“He flies across the river, estimated 25 to 50 feet in the air, strikes the bank on the west side of the Jordan River, his vehicle then fall backwards into the river and starts to go into the river itself for 20 seconds,” said Lt. Scott White, Salt Lake City Police Dept.

It took about five minutes for the Salt Lake City Fire Department’s water rescue team to get the man out of the car.

The victim, in his 20s, was taken to an area hospital with a broken leg.

The car was removed safely from the river.