2 passersby save driver trapped in car stuck in floodwaters

JACKSON COUNTY, IL — Two good Samaritans took quick action to help a man trapped in a car that crashed into floodwaters Monday morning, a local sheriff’s office says.

The Jackson County, Illinois, Sheriff’s Office says a man was driving a 2012 Hyundai car west on Illinois Route 13 when the car left the right side of the road, went down an embankment and landed in a flooded area. The car was partially submerged. Deputies responded to a call about the crash around 11:08 a.m.

Two men ran into the water and pulled the unresponsive driver out of the car, deputies say. They carried him to safety and covered him to keep him warm until emergency responders with Jackson County Ambulance Service got there. The responders took the man to a local hospital.

The sheriff’s office says it is continuing to investigate what caused the crash. The Murphysboro Police Department also responded, helping deputies and first responders.