Colorado Springs firefighters rescued one person Tuesday after a car went into Fountain Creek west of the Interstate 25 and Cimarron Street intersection.
Fire department spokeswoman Sunny Smaldino confirmed the car had only one occupant but did not have details on the condition of the driver, who was taken to a local hospital.
Rachael Staebell, firefighter and paramedic for fire department, didn't know how the car ended up in the creek or how serious the driver was injured. The crash happened shortly after 12:30 p.m. and the Heavy Rescue Unit and police were on the scene minutes after.
Creek water was just past the wheels of the car in the creek, Staebell said.
"We looked down and saw the car in the creek and decided to get Truck 1 rolling this way and start our operation," she said. "This is not something we do every day, but something we train on. What the truck did . basically get to the vehicle, make sure the vehicle was stable, they set up the up-haul system and they were able to safely extricate the patient from the vehicle."
The westbound lanes of U.S. 24 were closed while the car was removed from the creek. All lanes were reopened by about 2 p.m.
"It's still not clear how the person drove into the creek," Smaldino said. "They may have been going the wrong way on Highway 24," Smaldino said.