Motorist Stops to Help, Gets Dumped Into Icy River

Suffered broken leg, but survived
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 22, 2016 4:55 PM CST
In this photo provided by Oregon State Police, a damaged car is shown on an Interstate 84 bridge over the Snake River on the Idaho/Oregon border near Ontario, Ore., Monday, Nov. 21, 2016.   (Oregon State Police via AP)
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(Newser) – Steven Arrasmith stopped to help a driver who had spun out on an icy bridge in Oregon in the pre-dawn hours of Monday. As thanks from the universe for his good deed, he got out of his car to help and another car that also lost control on the black ice hit his car—which then hit him, sending him tumbling 50 feet off the bridge and into the 30-degree Snake River below. Somehow, though the 34-year-old had suffered badly broken leg, per the AP, he was able to take off his heavier clothing and swim to a nearby island, police say. He was taken to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. Neither of the other drivers was seriously hurt, NBC News reports. (Read more strange stuff stories.)

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