Passersby Rescue Driver Trapped Underwater After Highway 6 Crash

By: Clay Falls, KBTX-TV
By: Clay Falls, KBTX-TV

BRYAN (December 15, 2012)--A 20-year-old man is alive, thanks to some quick thinking travelers Friday night on Highway 6 in Bryan.

Six people jumped into a drainage creek in Bryan after a collision on the highway left the man trapped underwater inside his upside down Jeep.

The Jeep ended up in the ditch after it rear-ended a pickup whose driver had slowed for traffic on the highway, rolled down an embankment and landed upside down in the ditch, police said.

"I noticed there was lights in the water. We stopped and him and I just jumped out of the truck and both ran over here," said Brian Curry of College Station.

Curry just graduated from A&M and received a commission in the Navy.

He and his friend Mario Pineda jumped into the cold water to rescue the man had been in the water for several minutes and was unconscious.

Several other drivers and a police officer helped roll the Jeep upright and rescue the man, who was still strapped inside.

"(We) cut the seatbelt (and) pulled him out. We brought him up to the concrete slab. He was breathing on his way to the hospital," said Pineda of Winchester, Calif.

Braneysha Moore and Casey Albright saw all the rescuers run out of their cars as they left work at Wells Fargo.

"We're just praying for the victims and we hope that everything is all right," said Moore.

Police say the driver of the pickup that was rear-ended even jumped into the water to help.

The name of the rescued man wasn’t immediately released.

"He's very lucky and we have some great volunteers and witnesses. This doesn't happen all the time," said Sgt. Brett Boswell of the Bryan Police Department.

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