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Woman Crashes into Water and is Rescued by Good Samaritans


February 03, 2020

WEST PALM BEACH, FL- Wtvm.com writes that a woman crashed in a canal in West Palm Beach, Florida, this week. Three bystanders witnessed the collision and jumped into the water to rescue the woman as the vehicle sank.*

One of the rescuers stated that the driver nearly struck him as she drove over a center median, across oncoming lanes of traffic and into the water. Video shows the man pushing the truck of the vehicle down to prop the front of the vehicle out of the water. Another man then broke the victim’s window and pulled her from the car. 

Police arrived at the scene following the incident and credited the men’s quick response with saving the woman’s life. While it is unclear why the driver lost control of her vehicle, witnesses at the scene stated that she was slumped over her wheel before driving off the roadway. The victim is currently in the hospital. Reports did not indicate her condition or identity. 

Experts recommend that drivers carry a tool in their car to help them escape in the event that they are in a collision, especially one that lands them in the water. Small tools that can hang from a keyring or clip inside the vehicle may make the difference between life and death. The tools are able to slice through a seatbelt if the driver is trapped, and the belt will not unbuckle. This is important is a car is sinking in water or on fire. The small devices may also be used to crack a window. A little metal piece can break through the glass. Safety advisors say to break a side window, not the windshield, which is thicker and stronger. 

Accident News is a safety and education initiative from Montlick & Associates, designed to help people better understand and thereby avoid common accident causes.  To learn more about our injury prevention programs, including iridesafe.com - click here. We hope you are never in an accident, but if you or family member are injured, call Montlick & Associates 24/7 for your free consultation at 1-800-LAW-NEED (1-800-529-6333) or use our live chat at Montlick.com.

Sources:https://www.wtvm.com/2020/01/29/video-men-rescue-woman-sinking-car-after-it-crashes-into-florida-canal/ and https://newsroom.aaa.com/2019/07/vehicle-escape-tools-testing/


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