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Man survives being hit by car, clinging to bridge, falling 50 feet into Snake River

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Photo from crash scene where man was thrown into the Snake River. (Photo: Oregon State Police) Photo from crash scene where man was thrown into the Snake River. (Photo: Oregon State Police)
Photo from crash scene where man was thrown into the Snake River. (Photo: Oregon State Police) Photo from crash scene where man was thrown into the Snake River. (Photo: Oregon State Police)
A man survived after being hit by a car, thrown off a bridge into the Snake River and swimming to an island. (Photo: Oregon State Police) A man survived after being hit by a car, thrown off a bridge into the Snake River and swimming to an island. (Photo: Oregon State Police)
MALHEUR COUNTY, OR (KPTV) -

A man who stopped to check on a driver involved in a crash was hit by a car and thrown over the railing of a bridge. He clung to the bridge, even though he was suffering from a serious injury, before falling 50 feet into the frigid Snake River.

The man survived.

The chaotic scene began unfolding at 6 a.m. Monday.

Police said a 2008 Chevrolet Colorado was heading west on Interstate 84 when the driver lost control after hitting black ice on the bridge between Oregon and Idaho.  

The pickup hit the bridge and came to a stop on the shoulder.

A passing driver, 34-year-old Steven Arrasmith of Mesa, Idaho, stopped his 2016 Jeep at the scene to offer help.

The driver of another westbound vehicle, a 2008 Hyundai, then lost control on the ice and hit the back of the Jeep, causing it to lurch forward.

The Jeep struck Arrasmith, who was pushed over the railing of the bridge.

Arrasmith managed to hang on for a short period of time before falling 50 feet into the Snake River, according to troopers.

Police said Arrasmith was able to remove heavier clothing in the water and swam in the darkness to a nearby island.

Emergency crews could hear Arrasmith yelling for help and they were able to locate and rescue him.

Arrasmith was taken to an Ontario hospital for treatment of injuries described as non-life threatening.

The driver of the Chevrolet was not hurt and the driver of the Hyundai sustained minor injuries, according to police.

Oregon State Police troopers were assisted in this incident by the Ontario Police Department, Payette County Sheriff's Office, Ontario Fire and Rescue, Payette Fire and Rescue and the Oregon Department of Transportation.

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