Car flips into pond, rescuers pull driver to safety

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) A sheriff’s deputy and Good Samaritans rescued the driver of a car that went off a northeast-side roadway and flipped into a pond Thursday afternoon.

Rescuers pulled a man from a car after it flipped into a pond near the Leo and Popp roads intersection Thursday, Jan. 7, 2016.
Rescuers pulled a man from a car after it flipped into a pond near the Leo and Popp roads intersection Thursday, Jan. 7, 2016.

Fire rescuers and Allen County Sheriff’s deputies were called around 4:20 p.m. to a pond just off the intersection of Popp and Leo roads on a report a car had veered into its waters. The pond sits on the northwest side of the intersection.

The Allen County Sheriff’s Department said Officer Kenneth Litzenberg arrived and saw James Graham and several witnesses holding onto the car, trying to keep it from sinking.

A police officer talks with a man after rescuers pulled him from his vehicle when it flipped into a pond at Popp and Leo roads on Thursday, Jan. 7, 2016. (Jim Graham)
A police officer talks with a man after rescuers pulled him from his vehicle when it flipped into a pond at Popp and Leo roads on Thursday, Jan. 7, 2016. (Jim Graham)

The sheriff’s deputy got a crowbar and went to help the driver, who was trapped inside. He broke the driver’s rear side window.

Officer Litzenberg and Graham pulled the driver out of the car and got him to shore. Medics arrived and treated the driver for minor injuries. Officer Litzenberg was also treated for minor cuts to his hand at the scene.

Investigators believe the driver suffered a medical condition that led to the crash into the pond, NewsChannel 15 learned.

The car was pulled out of the pond a little after 5 p.m.

While responders investigated Leo Road (State Road 1) down to one lane. The road was back opened by 5:15 p.m.

Sara Wagner is talking to the Good Samaritans and will have more on their story at 5 & 6. Livesream NewsChannel 15’s broadcast here.

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