LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - A car crashed into a pond early Monday afternoon in Lafayette.
Lafayette Police Department dispatchers tell News 18 the car was completely submerged in a pond near Meijer on State Road 26 in Lafayette.
Police say 31-year-old Travis McCurry pulled out of the Meijer parking lot onto Meijer Drive, crossed the center line, and drove his Chevy Blazer into the pond.
Crews say two men who were eating at the nearby Steak 'n Shake restaurant saw the car crash, ran from the restaurant, and jumped into the pond to help the man escape from the car.
Patrick Gladden said he and Tim Mulrooney were forced to act quickly to help McCurry.
"I'm just glad the other kid and I jumped in there because nobody else was. There was about ten people standing around and we just took off in the water," said Gladden.
Gladden said once the men were in the water, they were forced to act even quicker as McCurry's vehicle began to sink to the bottom.
"We were pulling on the windows but they would not break, we trying to break them. Someone brought a tire iron to us and I swam and got it then broke the window and pulled him out," said Gladden.
The three men then had to stand on top of the car until crews arrived.
Lafayette Police Officer Dave Hughes said it's rare to see such a heroic act by complete strangers. He said McCurry could have been dead if it wasn't for these good Samaritans.
"Given my training and experience, if it wasn't for those guys, the guy driving the car probably wouldn't have lived through it," said Hughes.
Officer Hughes believes McCurry was experiencing medical issues at the time of the crash. He said McCurry was taken to IU-Health Arnett Hospital. The Lafayette Police Department said McCurry was released around 6 p.m.
At this time, Hughes said drugs or alcohol don't seem to be factors. The crash remains under investigation.
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