Saturday, April 29, 2017

Right place at the right time, Part 1

A few days ago, a man was driving this Lexus near New Carlyle, Illinois. As he turned off of Old US 50 into Fish Hatchery Park, he got a phone call. While adjusting his Bluetooth set, he lost control of his car. It went over a steep bank, turning over onto its roof in a pond, as seen here.

Nobody was nearby to see the accident, except Tyler Guthrie and Tucker Johnson, who were driving Johnson's car when they saw the Lexus flip about 100 yards in front of them. The teens stopped and checked the overturned car. The passenger door was locked, but they could hear a man screaming for help. Johnson called 911 while Guthrie picked up a rock and smashed the Lexus' rear window. Then Johnson helped the driver climb out as an ambulance arrived.

Because the bank is so steep, it is unlikely any other motorists would have seen the wrecked card in the pond. Both students will be attending college this fall. But for now, "We were in the right place at the right time," Johnson said.

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