Good Samaritans held truck driver’s head above water after crash into pond

The scene of a truck crash in Rochester, Mass. David Curran

A trapped truck driver was rescued by two witnesses who held his head above water after his vehicle crashed off a small bridge and plunged into a pond.

The truck went over Hiller Street Bridge in Rochester, Mass. around 7 a.m. on Thursday morning, WHDH reports. The driver was trapped in the submerged truck after it rolled over.

It took officials 40 minutes to extricate the man from the wreckage. Scott Weigel, chief of the Rochester Fire Department, told NBC10 reporter Lindsay Iadeluca that two witnesses to the crash held the driver’s head above water, and he credited them with saving his life. One of the witnesses was Officer Nate Valente, an on-duty patrolman.


The driver sustained serious injuries and was transported to a hospital in Rhode Island, according to the New Bedford Guide.

The vehicle, which was identified as a truck owned by an asphalt contracting company, was pulled from Leonard Pond around 11 a.m. this morning, after nearly five hours underwater.

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The cause of the crash has yet to be determined.