Pickup driver dangles from overpass after crash

By the Associated Press | November 25, 2012 | 1:33 AM EST

This image provided by the Beaverton Police Department shows a red pickup truck dangling from the Denney Road overpass near highway 217 outside Beaverton, Oregon as emergency workers respond to the scene Saturday afternoon Nov. 24, 2012. The driver has been identified as Matthew Alan Hamilton 38 years old of Beaverton. He was taken to the hospital with unkown injuries after being plucked from the truck by firefighters. Hamilton has been arrested for DUI, driving while suspended for a previous misdemeanor DUI. (AP Photo/Beaverton Police Department)

BEAVERTON, Ore. (AP) — A 38-year-old Beaverton driver dangled from a bridge several feet above Highway 217 for nearly an hour after his pickup truck crashed through a guard rail.

Matthew Alan Hamilton was hospitalized Saturday afternoon after firefighters plucked him from the hanging truck using a ladder with a basket.

Beaverton police say he was arrested for DUI and would be taken to jail when he leaves the hospital. His injuries were not believed to be life-threatening.

The crash shut down part of the busy roadway for several hours until the truck could be removed with a large crane.

The Oregonian reports that the wheels of the truck caught on part of the overpass and apparently kept it from falling.

There was no immediate word on how the crash occurred.