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UPDATE: Name released of driver who crashed into Mississippi River

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CLAYTON (KWWL) -

UPDATE: Authorities say the driver is 46-year-old Dean Hinton, of Wellsburg.

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A semi crashed into the Mississippi river after the driver took a wrong turn and lost control.

The accident happened Friday, July 1, around 11:00 am in the town of Clayton.

According to the Clayton County Sheriff's Office, the driver lost control of the semi, jumped the railroad tracks and crashed the semi into the river.

"We heard this big noise, so we looked out the window, and all the sudden, we saw this big semi going airborne right into the Mississippi, and that's kind of all we saw, and it just submerged right under water," said Alyssa Purman, who was working nearby.

The semi was completely submerged before crews were able to pull it out.

The driver was pulled out of the river by two residents of Clayton, and taken to the Guttenberg Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Tyler Brandel lives right next to where the semi went into the water, and heard him come down the hill.

When he looked out and saw a semi in the water, but no driver on shore, he knew the driver might be in trouble.

"I looked out and the truck was going under, then he popped up and I ran over and got my boat, and started it, and I drove down, and waited for him to pop back up again, because he kept going up and down and he was yelling, help I can't swim. And the next time he popped up, I timed it right, and got to the bow and grabbed him by the shoulders," he said.

Brandel says it's happened here before, many years ago, and he knew instantly what he heard.

Asked how it feels to save a man's life, Brandel replied, "It doesn't feel any different. I just hope he's okay."

This crash is under investigation.

KWWL's Brad Hanson contributed to this report.

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