CARL JUNCTION, Mo. — The driver of a semi is rescued from the cab of his truck, after driving into high water.

Around midnight Thursday (5/5) the Carl Junction Fire Department was dispatched to rescue the single occupant of a semi-truck, after the driver found himself in more than two feet of water that flowed across Highway 171, near Z Highway, just north of Carl Junction.

Firefighters used a water raft, powered by a single propeller motor to reach the stranded driver who was approximately 100 yards from dry pavement on Highway 171.

After being rescued from the cab of his semi-truck, the driver said that he was not injured and didn’t require medical attention.

The Carl Junction Police Department closed the section of Highway 171 where the semi-truck became stranded by high rushing water.

That section of Highway 171 near Center Creek in Jasper County, will remain closed until the high water recedes and the semi-truck can be removed.

Other area fire departments have reported similar water rescues tonight in Barton, Jasper, and Lawrence Counties.