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Man hit by car falls 50 feet off bridge into frigid river, swims to safety

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The situation started around 6 a.m. on Interstate 84 over the Snake River on the Oregon-Idaho border. Police said Steven S. Bailey, 41, of Middleton, Idaho, was crossing into Oregon when his 2008 Chevy Colorado hit a patch of black ice on the bridge. His Chevy hit the bridge and came to rest on the freeway shoulder.

ONTARIO, Ore. - A man left dangling from a bridge 50 feet above a river after a car crash lost his grip and fell into the frigid waters early Monday morning, state police said.

The man swam to an island and awaited help, police said.

The situation started around 6 a.m. on Interstate 84 over the Snake River on the Oregon-Idaho border.

Police said Steven S. Bailey, 41, of Middleton, Idaho, was crossing into Oregon when his 2008 Chevy Colorado hit a patch of black ice on the bridge. His Chevy hit the bridge and came to rest on the freeway shoulder.

A passing motorist - Steven Arrasmith, 34, of Mesa, Idaho - stopped his 2016 Jeep behind Bailey's Chevy and got out to see if the other driver needed help.

That's when a third driver - identifed as Jim D. Hudnall, 68, of Walla Walla, Wash. - lost control of his 2008 Hyundai on the black ice.

The Hyundai hit the Jeep.

The Jeep hit Arrasmith.

The impact sent him over the bridge railing and left him dangling 50 feet over the frigid waters of the Snake River, police said.

Arrasmith fell into the river. He shed heavier clothes and swam to an island, police said.

Medics took him to Saint Alphonsus Medical Center in Ontario for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.

Hudnall, the driver of the Hyundai, suffered minor injuries.

Bailey, the driver who initially crashed into the bridge, was not physically injured, police said.