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Driver falls asleep, lands in river

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A man who fell asleep at the wheel at about 5 a.m. this morning near Brandon was able to escape from his submerged truck and call for help.

Brandon RCMP and emergency responders went to the scene where they found a 2003 Dodge Ram 2500 pickup truck upside down in the Little Souris River.

The 28-year-old driver male driver and lone occupant of the truck was travelling northbound on Highway No. 10 when his truck left the road, went down the west ditch and rolled into the river.

The RCMP said the truck was "overturned and completely submerged" but the man extracted himself and walked to a local farm where he called 911.

The man, who is from the Laurier area, was transported by ambulance to hospital where he received treatment for minor injuries and was was released.

Highway Traffic Act charges are being considered as the RCMP continue to investigate.

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