TWO men have been praised for their efforts in trying to save a motorist who died inside the crushed cabin of his four wheel drive after it rolled into a river, 11km west of Dorrigo.
The utility hit a guard rail and rolled off Little Murrays Bridge at Bostobrick on Saturday about 9.30pm.
Heading west at the time, the 1993-model Toyota Hilux fell three metres and landed roof first into the water, trapping the driver.
The witnesses told police they were travelling east on Tyringham Rd when they saw the vehicle flip.
The two Dorrigo men, aged 18 and 31, dived into the freezing water but could not rescue the man from the cabin. Others at the scene called emergency services.
The body of a man, believed to be aged 56, was found in the vehicle when it was lifted from the water.
Crash scene investigators are working to establish the cause of the accident and a report has been prepared for the Coroner.
The man's identity was yesterday widely known throughout the Dorrigo community, but has yet to be officially released by authorities.
A 61-year-old motorcyclist was killed on the Waterfall Way at Fernbrook on Friday afternoon.