Man rescued by 4 good Samaritans after vehicle crashed in pond

UPDATE: The Williamson County Sheriff’s Office has released the name of a man rescued by good Samaritans after his vehicle crashed into a pond Thursday morning. 

Deputies say 38-year-old Martin Counts was submerged when his vehicle crashed, landing upside down in a pond. They say his name was not immediately released so Counts’ family members could be notified about what happened.

Counts was flown to an Evansville-area hospital. Deputies say he was in critical condition.


A man was rescued by four good Samaritans who stopped to help after his vehicle crashed into a pond, according to the Williamson County, Illinois, Sheriff’s Office.

Deputies say the wreck happened around 7:30 a.m. Thursday on Hafer Road in Williamson County, when a vehicle left the roadway, overturned multiple times and landed upside down in a private pond. The driver, the only person in the vehicle, was submerged. 

He was freed, deputies say, when four other drivers stopped to help. They went into the pond and helped the man out of the pond. The sheriff’s office has not yet reveal the name of the driver whose vehicle crashed, but they say he is a 38-year-old Carterville resident. The driver was taken to a local hospital before he was flown to an out-of-state hospital for treatment of injuries described as critical. 

Hafer Road was closed for about two hours after the wreck, but it has since reopened to traffic. 

In addition to the four good Samaritans and sheriff’s deputies, Williamson County Ambulance, the Williamson County Fire Protection District, the Carterville Fire Department, and the Herrin Police Department assisted at the scene. 

We will update this story when more information is released. 

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