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Overturned car pulled from Pine Creek in Shaler after crash

SHALER — Route 8 in Shaler was partially shut down after a car rolled into a creek.

The crash happened between Elfinwild Road and Burchfield Road around 1:30 p.m.

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According to the National Weather Service, the water reached as high as six feet in some areas and is cold -- with temperatures in the 50s.

Video from Chopper 11 shows the car on its roof in Pine Creek, with only the undercarriage visible above the water. Rescue workers were in the water surrounding the car for about 20 minutes.

According to Shaler police, rescuers pulled Paul Skuerl, 76, from the vehicle. He was conscious and talking before being taken to a hospital.

A tow truck was brought in to remove the vehicle from the water.

Police aren't sure what caused the driver to veer off the road, but the combination of winding roads and inclement weather possibly played a role. They said it is a miracle that he survived the accident.