Miami-Dade County

Good Samaritan Helps Victims After Car Crashes Into Canal Along West Okeechobee Road

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A good Samaritan helped rescue two people from a canal in South Florida after their car crashed into the waterway.

Miami-Dade Fire Rescue responded to the incident, which happened along West Okeechobee Road Saturday.

When units arrived, two victims -- a man and a woman -- were found on the embankment. A good Samaritan, a truck driver named Roberto Gonzalez, stopped and helped pull the first victim out of the water.

He said he saw the car sinking into the water from the road. 

“They told me they couldn’t swim, so I left my belongs and jumped in," he said.

By the time he got the woman to the side of the canal, he says the car was underwater and he couldn’t get the man out. 

Miami-Dade Fire Rescue says they were able to get divers in the water just minutes after they were called to the scene. The vehicle, a small black SUV, was completely submerged.

Police say the man, who was the driver of the car, is in critical condition. The woman, who was in the passenger seat, was also taken to the hospital.

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