It was not your typical “catch of the day” for Colorado Parks and Wildlife.
According to Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW), it was a close call on Saturday for an SUV driver who ended up plunging straight into the Arkansas River after falling asleep behind the wheel while traveling along Highway 50 near Cotopaxi.
River rangers with the Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area quickly came to the rescue of the SUV driver who escaped the cold water crash unharmed. The SUV was reeled in by a tow truck. No fluids spilled into the waters because it landed upright, causing zero threat to the fishery.
Wonder what lured him into the water? The driver of this SUV fell asleep driving on U.S. Highway 50 along the Arkansas River in Cotopaxi on Saturday. Luckily, he came to rest on his tires. @AHRA river rangers came to the rescue. (1 of 4) pic.twitter.com/LRuGf59HLU — CPW SE Region (@CPW_SE) May 10, 2020
Cotopaxi sits along the Arkansas River between Cañon City and Salida. Here’s a look at where it’s located on the map.
Editor’s Note: Driving drowsy is dangerous. Stay alert! If you feel tired, listen to your body and take a rest break before getting behind the wheels again. If you’re struggling to stay awake, immediately pull over. If you’re able to, switch drivers or find a safe area to take a nap. Be smart and drive safely!