A camper and pickup were fished out of the Arkansas River after a driver plunged off U.S. Highway 50 near Coaldale on Sunday and tumbled into the water, according to the state Department of Parks and Wildlife.

Colorado State Patrol responded to the call around 4:15 p.m. Sunday after Christopher Livingston, 46, drove into the river. He was the only occupant in the vehicle and had no serious injuries, according to trooper Josh Lewis.

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The truck was removed from the river Sunday night around 7:24, State Patrol said. 

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"It's a fairly common rescue activity," the Colorado Parks and Wildlife tweeted out.

Heavier equipment was needed to rescue the trailer, but the proper equipment wasn't available until Monday afternoon. That's when a crane was brought in to hoist the RV out of the river.

Park Manager Tom Waters and his crew removed the camper among rushing water and leaking fuel according to a tweet from Colorado Parks and Wildlife. 

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Editor's note: An earlier version of this story specified the truck was removed Monday, but in actuality the truck was removed Sunday. The Gazette regrets this mistake.

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