Driver stops to help, gets thrown into Snake River

Steven Arrasmith was rescued after he swam to a nearby island

Steven Arrasmith of Mesa, Idaho stopped to help a crash along I-84 when an oncoming car hit this Jeep and tossed him 50 feet down into the Snake River, November 21, 2016 (OSP)
Steven Arrasmith of Mesa, Idaho stopped to help a crash along I-84 when an oncoming car hit this Jeep and tossed him 50 feet down into the Snake River, November 21, 2016 (OSP)

ALONG THE OREGON/IDAHO BORDER — An Idaho driver who stopped to help at a crash along I-84 on the Snake River Bridge ended up in the water 50-feet below.

The crash happened around 6 a.m. Monday, the Oregon State Police said. Steven Arrasmith stopped to help after a Chevy lost control on the ice and stopped on the shoulder of the bridge.

Arrasmith, 34, got out to help. But an oncoming Hyundai also lost control on the bridge and hit Arrasmith’s Jeep. The Jeep hit him and threw him over the bridge railing.

Despite a serious injury, Arrasmith hung on to the railing for a short time before falling into the Snake River. Authorities said he managed to get his heavier clothes off and swam to a nearby island.

Rescuers heard him yelling and got to him as quickly as they could. He was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment and is expected to recover.

The driver of the Chevy wasn’t hurt, while the Hyundai driver suffered minor injuries.

Steven Arrasmith of Mesa, Idaho stopped to help a crash along I-84 when an oncoming car hit this Jeep and tossed him 50 feet down into the Snake River. He was rescued after he swam to this island, November 21, 2016 (OSP)
Steven Arrasmith of Mesa, Idaho stopped to help a crash along I-84 when an oncoming car hit this Jeep and tossed him 50 feet down into the Snake River. He was rescued after he swam to this island, November 21, 2016 (OSP)