Driver rescued on Highway 99 after truck rolls into ditch

One man is alive after being rescued on Highway 99 in Richmond, after his truck rolled into a ditch.

Two passing drivers stopped to help rescue the man and his dog, who were trapped taking on water in a truck

Jeremy Birch helped rescue a man who rolled his truck into a ditch on Highway 99 near Steveston Highway. (Gian-Paolo Mendoza/CBC)

One man is alive after being rescued by two other drivers and Richmond authorities, after his truck rolled into a ditch around 11:30 p.m. Wednesday.

The man was driving northbound on Highway 99 when the accident occurred, not too far from the George Massey Tunnel.

Jeremy Birch, who was driving by when he saw the accident happen, said he and another driver pulled over right away to help the man and call police.

"I just climbed down into the ditch," said Birch, who was covered in mud after staying behind to help authorities.

"The truck was partially underwater... he [the driver] said he was running out of air... I could hear him gurgling water."

Birch said the man was partially underwater, trapped inside his vehicle, when he and another driver pulled over to help. (Gian-Paolo Mendoza/CBC)

Birch said he and the other driver tried to pry the doors open to get the man out, but couldn't.

"He was pretty sucked into the bottom of the ditch there," said Birch.

When Richmond RCMP and firefighters arrived on scene, Birch and the other driver stayed to help rescue the man from the vehicle.

Police said the driver was transported to hospital with minor injuries, after being rescued.

The driver's truck rolled over into a ditch northbound on Highway 99, near Steveston Highway in Richmond, B.C. (Gian-Paolo Mendoza/CBC)

Birch said he is keeping the driver's dog for him, and plans to return it soon.

"I told him his dog's in good hands," said Birch. "I got a little dog... they're hanging out in the car getting warm."

RCMP re-opened northbound traffic on Highway 99 at 12:54 a.m.

The exact cause of the accident is unknown.