CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) - A man is at VCU Medical Center after having to be cut out of his truck following a crash that sent his vehicle plunging into a creek.
The driver ran off the road, hit a guardrail and crashed into a shallow creek bed along Mt. Herman Road near County Line Road in Chesterfield, according to fire crews.
It took fire crews 25 minutes to cut the driver, who was unconscious but alive, out of his vehicle.
"I saw this huge plume of smoke and the guard rail laying all over the place," said Marty Kerwin, who was one of the first on the scene.
"At first, I couldn't see him. So I opened the passenger door to see if I could get in there. I finally saw a hand," said Kerwin. "We found him in there. He was buried. You couldn't see his head. The roof was so caved in."
The windshield of the truck was shattered and the roof caved in. Crews had to cut the driver side door to save the man inside. They rushed him into a waiting helicopter and flew him to VCU Medical Center, which is about 20 miles away.
When Med Flight touched down in Richmond, the driver was stable but dealing with some serious injuries.
"The roads are just not meant to be traveling fast. Slow down, but who listens," asked Kerwin. He hopes the speed limit is lowered here.