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Firefighters pull elderly motorist from ravine

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CFD photo by Battalion Chief Don Bowman CFD photo by Battalion Chief Don Bowman

Chattanooga firefighters came to the rescue Friday after a driver in Hixson left the road and went down a steep embankment. 

A driver saw the vehicle leave the road on Big Ridge Road near the intersection of Fairview Drive and go down the embankment about 8:00am, according to CFD spokesman Bruce Garner

Calling 911 for help for help, Chattanooga Fire department responded with several fire and rescue units.

CFD Battalion Chief Don Bowman said the vehicle was approximately 100 feet down a brush-covered ravine and could not be easily seen from the road. 

Firefighters found an elderly man in the vehicle and worked remove him using a Stokes rescue basket. 

The firefighters then carried the the man up the ravine and handed him off to paramedics with Hamilton County EMS for  transport him to a local hospital. garner said the rescue operation took about 30 minutes to complete.

Chief Bowman offered high praise for the motorist who saw the accident can called 911. "If the motorist had not seen the accident and called 911," said Bowman, "that man probably would not have survived, because no one would have known that he was down there." 

Chattanooga police are handling the investigation of the accident.

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