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Crash leaves driver dangling in vehicle from overpass for an hour

Rescue workers assessed their strategy for removing the driver of a pickup left hanging from an overpass Saturday.

Beaverton, Ore., Police Department via Reuters

Rescue workers assessed their strategy for removing the driver of a pickup left hanging from an overpass Saturday.

BEAVERTON, Ore. — A 38-year-old Beaverton driver dangled from a bridge several feet above Highway 217 for nearly an hour after his pickup truck crashed through a guardrail.

Matthew Alan Hamilton was hospitalized Saturday afternoon after firefighters rescued him using a ladder with a basket.

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Beaverton police said he was arrested for driving under the influence and will be taken to jail when he leaves the hospital. His injuries were not believed to be life-threatening.

The crash shut down part of the busy roadway for several hours until the truck could be removed with a large crane.

The Oregonian reported that the truck’s wheels caught on part of the overpass and apparently kept it from falling. There was no immediate word on how the crash occurred.

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