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All OK after car goes into Crystal River near Carbondale

Carbondale & Rural Fire District crews work to secure a car that went into the Crystal River Wednesday morning.
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Occupants of a car that went into the Crystal River just south of Carbondale Wednesday morning were able to get out safely, but the car was swept about a mile downstream and will remain there until it can be removed.

Carbondale & Rural Fire Protection District was called at about 7:30 a.m. to a report of a vehicle in the Crystal River near mile marker 59 on Highway 133.

Firefighters found three people who were able to get out of the vehicle and were out of the river, however the vehicle had been swept away in the runoff-swollen river. One person was transported to Valley View Hospital with minor injuries, according to a news release.

Firefighters searched the river and found a white Ford Fiesta about a mile downstream, and was stuck on the right river bank.

After discussions with the Colorado State Patrol, it was decided to leave the car in the river until it is safe to have it towed, according to the release. Firefighters anchored the car to a tree and strung yellow marking tape on the side of the river near the vehicle.

“We want the public to know we are aware of the car in the river,” Assistant Chief Allan Ingram said. “We strongly encourage people, for their own safety, not to approach the vehicle.”

The Colorado State Patrol and Pitkin County Sheriff’s Department also responded to the call.