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Maury County Man Rescues Teen From Sinking Vehicle

Posted at 3:58 PM, Mar 09, 2017

A Maury County teen swerved to avoid a deer, flipped his car several times, and landed wheels up in a pond.

The crash happened around 7:00 p.m. Wednesday along Indian Camp Springs Road.

"I was on my way home and saw a bunch of cars on the side of the road and another car in the water," said Robert Rogers, who manages a car dealership in Columbia. "I fully expected them to be like, 'No everything's fine,' but they said someone was in there."

Only a small part of the car was visible from the surface of the pond. Rogers chose to jump in.

"I circled the car just trying to get the doors open and get him out," Rogers said.

First, Rogers reached into the front seat of the vehicle, which was fully submerged, but could not feel the driver. That's when he heard a voice from the backseat.

"I heard him say he was okay," Rogers said, "but there was just enough of an air pocket for him to breathe."

Rogers was able to pull the teen out of the backseat and out of the water. Bystanders wrapped him in coats and blankets until first responders arrived.

According to the Maury County Fire Department, the driver was not injured.

"If it was me or my family, I would want someone to stop," Rogers said.