NORTON (CBS) — A car plunged into the Norton Reservoir on Thursday, but emergency crews got both the car and the driver out safely.

At about 11:30 a.m., Norton resident Christopher Cantwell, 51, was driving along Mansfield Avenue when his car entered flew into water near Smith Street, travelling about 100 feet into the reservoir.

Crews rescued one person from the nearly-submerged car. (Photo from Norton Fire Department)

Crews rescued one person from the nearly-submerged car. (Photo from Norton Fire Department)

Cantwell was able to escape the sinking car, and police and firefighters hauled both it and him to the shore.

Emergency crews hauled the car to the reservoir's shore Thursday. (WBZ-TV)

Emergency crews hauled the car to the reservoir’s shore Thursday. (WBZ-TV)

Cantwell was taken to the hospital to be treated for exposure to the cold water. He did not report any other injuries.

At least one occupant was rescued from the crash. (Photo courtesy of Dana Zaiser )

At least one occupant was rescued from the crash. (Photo courtesy of Dana Zaiser )

Norton firefighters say the car was removed from the reservoir without any signs of environmental damage. Police are still investigating the cause of the accident.

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  1. We are very proud our son John Cacaccio he was the first on the scene of this accident yesterday and we have dash camera video of him arriving at the accident. He called 911 immediately and was able to check the van to make sure no one else was inside before the van continued its slide into the Norton Reservoir. Johnny was checked and treated at the scene do to his wet clothes.

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