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Man pulled to safety after truck plunged into river

There was open water on the St. Croix River south of the railroad swing bridge when this photo was taken from a hot-air balloon on Feb. 6. A Bayport, Minn., man's truck went through the ice just north of the bridge early Saturday morning, Feb. 13.

A spokesperson at the Washington County Sheriff's Office said Monday morning that the name of the driver whose truck fell through ice on the St. Croix River at Hudson won't be released until Tuesday.

The spokesperson said the sheriff's employee in charge of new releases to the public was off President's Day.

The truck went through ice just north of the railroad swing bridge at about 3 a.m. Saturday.

Hudson Police Chief Marty Jensen said a woman who lives on First Street in Hudson was just getting home from work and heard the driver yelling for help. She called 911.

The Washington County Sheriff's Office identified the driver as a 57-year-old Bayport man.

In a press release early Saturday morning, the sheriff's office said sheriff's deputies located the man in the water and pulled him to safety.

Members of the Washington County Fire Dive team also responded to the emergency on the Minnesota side of the St. Croix.

St. Croix EMS & Rescue's dive team and the North Hudson Police Department responded to the incident on the Wisconsin side of the river.

St. Croix EMS Chief Eric Christensen said the dive team set up on the railroad dike east of the swing bridge. He said Washington County authorities reported that the man was rescued before the Wisconsin divers could enter the water.

The Bayport man was taken to Regions Hospital by Lakeview Ambulance. His condition, or whether he is still a patient at the hospital, haven't been reported.

Washington County authorities haven't said how the man ended up near the swing bridge, where there is open water on the south side of it.

There is an ice road across between Ferry Landing in North Hudson and Bayport. Some have speculated that he got disoriented in fog that hung over the river early Saturday and ended up on the thin ice to the south.

The truck reportedly was recovered from the river.