CLAY, N.Y. — Authorities say a driver escaped with minor injuries after his SUV crashed into a central New York river when scrap metal from a pickup truck hit his windshield.

The Onondaga County Sheriff’s Office says 65-year-old Jacek Mazur, of the town of Onondaga, was driving along the Oneida River north of Syracuse on Monday when several pieces of scrap metal flew out of a truck and hit his SUV.

That caused Mazur to lose control of his vehicle, which then went into the river. He managed to escape the sinking SUV and was swimming to shore when a 29-year-old man stopped his vehicle and jumped into the water to help Mazur reach shore. He was treated for minor injuries.

Mazur’s vehicle sank in 16 feet of water but was later recovered.

The motorist hauling the scrap metal hasn’t been found.