A car drove into a retention pond off of Florida’s Turnpike in Miramar, according to Miami-Dade Fire Rescue.
Authorities say the incident occurred at about 2 p.m. A grey Infinity sedan was attempting to exit on Northwest 27 Avenue but the driver failed to properly negotiate the curve on the ramp and collided into the guardrail.
A battalion chief who just happened to be in the area responded and dove into the water and pulled the driver out.
“He immediately went into dive rescue mode and did locate one person and extricated them to a local hospital,” MDFR Division Chief Michael Eng said.
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Eng went on to say that “all of our ranks are trained to dive and if we’re in the area, we’re gonna go in the water.”
Video shows the driver of the car on a gurney being loaded onto a life flight and the only part of the car that can be seen is one of the tires sticking out of the water.
Car parts were also strewn about as well as the broken guard rail the car broke through.
First responders took the male driver to Jackson Medical Hospital' Ryder Trauma Center in critical condition.
MDFR says only the driver was in the car at the time of the crash and the Florida Highway Patrol said the ramp was closed at the time for the ongoing investigation.
The car has now been been recovered.
This is a developing story. Please check NBC 6 for updates.