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Monroe, Washington – Three People Rescued from Vehicles Submerged in Floodwaters

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Posted on February 4, 2020

Monroe, Washington (February 3, 2020) – Three people were rescued in an incident where a truck and a sedan were submerged in floodwaters at Crescent Lake Road on Monday morning. According to the report from KOMO News, the driver of the truck, Jhovany Hernández, along with a friend were inside their vehicle when the water swept the truck off the pavement and into a nearby field. Hernandez was able to climb onto the roof of his truck and call 911. Responding crews found another car with another person who required rescue but realized that the 911 call came from someone else, and eventually found Hernandez’s truck further down the river. Crews were able to use a raft to rescue Hernandez and his friend. No lasting injuries were mentioned in the report.

About Car Accidents

While there appear to be few statistics and study related to injuries and/or fatalities involved with vehicle drowning, it is very clear that a car falling into water is a serious situation. When the car falls into water, the amount of water that comes inside the vehicle depends on the rate that the vehicle entered the water. When a car gently slips into water for example, water gets inside slower, but a more forceful crash can easily push the water inside the vehicle and displace the air within. This is because a car is not completely sealed in, and after being submerged it will only be matter of minutes until the vehicle’s interior is flooded. If the windows haven’t been broken by the impact, the water pressure outside the vehicle will make opening any doors or windows more difficult. In any case, the priority in this situation would be to get out as soon as possible, and it has been recommended that anyone trapped inside a submerged vehicle should try to open an exit.

While it pays to keep in mind the steps necessary to take in such a situation, the best way to handle an accident is to try and prevent it. Make sure to drive carefully on roads that are near bodies of water, and to be aware of other drivers on such roads. By following traffic regulations, we can easily help to avoid accidents that can result in injuries, loss or damage to us and the people around us.