A driver trapped in an SUV after it careened off Interstate 95 southbound and tumbled down an embankment Wednesday morning was hospitalized after being extricated by firefighters.

The single-car crash took place shortly after 11 a.m. Wednesday between I-95's southbound Exits 22 and 21, according to firefighters. Multiple fire units were dispatched to the scene, under command of Assistant Chief George Gomola. A Bridgeport ladder truck was also sent to assist with the rescue.

The vehicle, which came to rest against a tree off the highway, was stabilized before firefighters were able to use a hydraulic tool to cut the driver from the wreck.

Meanwhile, a ladder truck was extended to shore up a damaged highway exit sign -- which had been hit by the SUV -- to prevent it from toppling onto the rescue operation.

The driver was transported to Bridgeport Hospital for treatment after being extricated from the SUV.

In addition to firefighters, local and state police, an AMR ambulance and state Department of Transportation representative were on the scene.

Fire crews cleared the scene shortly after noon.