The dramatic scene developed Sunday afternoon near Kelly Drive between the Strawberry Mansion Bridge and the Columbia Railway Bridge. An Easter miracle was captured in the room as good Samaritans ran against the clock to rescue a driver trapped in an SUV on the Schuylkill River in Philadelphia. Dramatic scene played around 16 hours.
Sunday, near Kelly Drive, between Strawberry Mansion Bridge and the Columbia Railway Bridge. Jennifer Kelly told NBC10 that she was walking with her husband and two teenagers when they saw a woman inside a SUV in the parking lot. The vehicle accelerated and crashed into the river, Kelly said. Kelly called 911 when a good Samaritan jumped into the water and swam to the vehicle when it started sinking.
Other witnesses heard how the woman hit the truck window. “She started looking for help as if she was going to drown,” said a witness. “I was literally about to drown myself.” Kelly told NBC10 that he had heard another man shout, “This is my wife,” and he also jumped into the water. NBC10 got a video showing the two men trying to get into the vehicle while continuing to sink. A third man with an iron tire jumped into the river to help him. Kelly told NBC10 that the men could open the back window and take the woman out. Then, other dragon boats arrived and saved lives.
In a third video of the rescue, a person shouts, “Get out of the car” while the woman screams before being taken to a safe place. The vehicle was completely submerged in the water a few moments later. The woman was saved, Kelly said. The woman was conscious when the police took her to the hospital. Kelly told NBC10 that the woman was the only person inside the vehicle. “Everyone is fine and that’s what everyone would do,” one of the rescuers told NBC10. “I’m glad we can help.” At least one of the rescuers suffered minor cuts through the broken window, but was not seriously injured, the researchers said.
The police described the incident as a suicide attempt. The woman was taken to the hospital for treatment. The teams returned to the river on Monday after trying to locate the vehicle and remove it from the water.
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