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Car plunges into Boise canal; driver critically injured

First-responders retrieve car from Boise canal

Boise first-responders and dive team members secure a car and try to get to a victim trapped in a convertible that landed upside down in Ridenbaugh Canal near the intersection of Allumbaugh Street and Franklin Road, June 10, 2016 in Boise.
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Boise first-responders and dive team members secure a car and try to get to a victim trapped in a convertible that landed upside down in Ridenbaugh Canal near the intersection of Allumbaugh Street and Franklin Road, June 10, 2016 in Boise.

A man was rushed to a Boise hospital Friday evening after his car plunged into the Ridenbaugh canal.

The crash happened about 5:45 p.m. off Allumbaugh Street near Franklin Road. Boise police say the driver was inside the submerged convertible for 29 minutes before he was rescued.

The car was upside down, and emergency crews had to roll it over to the bank before they could remove the man trapped inside. Watch a video of the rescue effort here. Emergency workers performed CPR on the man before taking him to the hospital, where police report he was in critical condition Friday evening. There did not appear to be anyone else in the vehicle.

The Boise Fire Department Dive Team and Boise police responded to the crash.

Police said the driver is in his late 20s or early 30s but gave no further information about him or what led to the crash. A BPD spokeswoman said further information about the crash likely would not be released until Saturday.

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