Driver rescued after SUV flies into Duwamish River

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TUKWILA, Wash. - A man had to be rescued after he drove his vehicle into the Duwamish River early Monday.

For some reason, the driver, who appeared to be in his 30s or 40s, drove off the road in the 4900 block of South 125th Street in Tukwila, barreled through blackberry bushes and splashed into the water around 4 a.m.

The Ford Freestyle wagon he was driving flipped around and landed in shallow water about 50 yards downstream.

See photos from the scene here.

 The water where the SUV landed is only about 6 feet deep, so it floated for only a few seconds before it was caught up on the river bottom.

 The shallow water gave firefighters the ability to bring the man to safety.

The driver, who was alone in the vehicle, was not seriously hurt.

The SUV was hauled out of the river and towed away.

Earlier this month, another driver had to be rescued after he plunged into the Duwamish River from State Route 599.