The Efforts of a Durham County Sheriff’s Deputy and Firefighter saved the life of a woman and her 11 year old son when the vehicle they were traveling in veered off the road and ended up in the swollen creek.
The Durham County Sheriff’s Office Offered a narrative explaining in detail what happened at the scene as follows:
Durham, N.C. -When a strong line of thunderstorms passed through Durham on Tuesday evening, it proved to be a dangerous situation for a man, a woman, and a young boy traveling northbound in the 5200 block of South Alston Avenue.
Their car hydroplaned, and the male driver lost control, causing the vehicle to swerve off the road. The car struck a large culvert before plunging into a creek several feet below. The driver of the vehicle was able to free himself, but an unconscious woman and an 11-year-old boy were still trapped in the vehicle.
That’s when Durham County Deputy. I. Cantrell acted immediately and jumped into the water to assist the Durham Fire Department with the extrication of the remaining passengers. Within minutes after the rescue, the creek water quickly rose and completely submerged the vehicle, pushing it farther down the creek. Quick action, a calm demeanor, and smart decision making by both Deputy Cantrell and firefighters almost certainly saved the two passengers from the rising storm water.
Emergency responders transported both passengers to the hospital to receive treatment for their injuries.