It’s rare that you get an uplifting story out of something as traumatic as a car accident. So often auto accidents cause victims to be seriously injured, leaving them unable to work or live their life to the fullest. In the worst cases, car accidents take lives and leave families heartbroken and mourning, suffering emotionally and sometimes financially. A recent accident in Athens could have easily been one these stories of tragedy, but thanks to a fast-acting police officer, it’s a story of courage and survival.
Two people were in a car driving along South White Street when they were involved in an accident. The force of the crash sent their car sliding down a steep embankment. A bad situation turned worse when the vehicle flipped over and landed upside down in Oostanuala Creek. The two accident victims found themselves trapped in a car that was partially submerged in near-freezing water – the outcome looked grim.
Fortunately, a police Sergeant quickly arrived on the scene and immediately recognized the seriousness of the situation. He rushed into the frigid water and spoke with the passenger, who was unable to get out of the car on his own. Every minute they were trapped inside the car the danger of hypothermia setting in increased. If their body temperature dropped too low, their bodies could begin to shut down causing lifelong damage or even death.
So the police officer grabbed hold of the man and literally pulled him to safety. Firefighters soon arrived and, along with the officer, they were able to rescue the driver from the car as well. They were all treated by paramedics to ensure that no one was showing signs of hypothermia. They weren’t, but it could have been a very different case if the officer hadn’t sprung into action with total selflessness.
Chattanooga Accident Attorneys
It’s great to hear stories where accidents showcase bravery and where those involved can walk away from harm, but unfortunately that’s not always the case. If you were in an accident and suffered injuries you may need help putting the pieces back together.
Let the Insiders at the McMahan Law Firm take on your case. They’ve handled injury accident cases in Chattanooga for years and will fight to get you the compensation you deserve after you’ve been hurt. Contact us today for a free case review.
Source. News Channel 9, ‘http://www.newschannel9.com/news/top-stories/stories/car-upside-down-creek-leads-heroic-rescue-4704.shtml?wap=0,’ John Madewell, March 25, 2013.