SHALER, Pa. (KDKA) – Crews worked quickly to rescue a man who was stuck inside a vehicle that overturned in a creek in Shaler.

Water rescue was called to the scene at 3400 Route 8 in Shaler on Thursday.

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A man had slid off of East Elfinwild Road and into Pine Creek. His vehicle flipped upsidedown and was nearly completely submerged in a creek.

The 76-year-old man in the vehicle was safely out of the car within 15 minutes.

Shaler Township Police identified the man as Paul Skerl of Shaler.

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“I was at my desk when I hear the loud bang,” witness Gretchen Evashavik said. “I looked and I saw the car in the water.”

While only the undercarriage of the car was visible, police say the man wasn’t underwater and could still breathe.

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When the call first went out, police were asking for heavy wrecking equipment for the rescue attempt.

The man inside the car was taken to the hospital.

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“It’s truly a miracle he is still alive,” Deputy Chief Sean Frank of the Shaler Township police said.