Motorist runs off I-55, becoming submerged in culvert

FESTUS, MO (KPLR) – A motorist is lucky to be alive Saturday night after running his vehicle off I-55 southbound at southbound Highway 67 near Festus Missouri.

Around 5:45 pm Saturday evening a motorist left the road and drove down an embankment into some woods, landing in a culvert.

The culvert was filled with water, and when the vehicle came to rest, the man in the car found himself in shoulder deep water.

EMS and fire crews had to use chainsaws to cut a path to the vehicle in order to rescue the man.

Crews had to rely on the man using his mobile phone to direct them to the accident site after passing him several times on an adjacent road.

The man was freed from the vehicle and mud in the culvert and transported to the hospital for treatment of minor injuries.