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Man in truck rescued from flooded wash

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BUCKEYE, Ariz. -

A man in a Century Link service truck was stuck in a rapidly-moving wash in the southwest valley Friday night.

It happened near 155th Ave and Riggs, a rural area in Buckeye. The worker was driving along Riggs Road while he was tried to cross the "Waterman" wash and got stuck.

The man was standing on the roof of the truck waiting for help for nearly 2 hours.

Firefighters from numerous valley fire agencies responded. The wash was so wide, a Phoenix Fire Helicopter was used to shuttle firefighters to and from each side of the wash.

The fire truck pulled up to the edge of the water, extended the ladder to its full 110-feet. But it was still far short of the man and his truck.

Firefighters threw a line to the victim and used that line to string a helmet and a life jacket to him.

In the meantime, crews inflated a rescue boat.

They secured a line from the fire truck to the other bank, which served as a guide line when they deployed the inflatable boat.

It took some skill to maneuver the raft alongside the truck, but once it was in place, the man jumped in and firefighters grabbed him.

The rescue was a success and the man was brought to safety. He refused hospital treatment and didn't want to talk to our news crew.

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