Grand Rapids firefighters free man from car in pond –

Grand Rapids firefighters free man from car in pond -
Firefighters rescue man whose car ended up in pond
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The car was originally floating the in the middle of the pond, but was able to be moved closer to the edge to rescue the driver who was trapped inside. (Kayla Sosa |

Video: Man drives car into pond in northeast Grand Rapids

Neighbors, first responders rush to save man after crash into pond

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — The driver of a car that ended up in a pond near an apartment building is in the hospital after firefighters rescued him Wednesday morning.

The driver, an adult male, was unable to unlock the doors of the vehicle in the pond, so firefighters broke the rear passengers side window to open the doors and pull the driver out.

When emergency personnel arrived to the scene, Grand Rapids Fire Capt. Brian DeForest said a bystander was in the water checking on the driver who was trapped in the drivers seat. The car was floating in the middle of the pond, DeForest said, and the water inside was up to the drivers waist.

Fortunately, it was a pretty simple rescue, DeForest added. He was well enough to be able to walk with our assistance back to shore.

The driver was taken to a nearby hospital. DeForest said it may have been an underlying medical condition that caused the driver to veer off the roadway and into the pond.

Emergency personnel, including those from Grand Rapids Fire Department, Grand Rapids Police Department, ambulance and River Rescue, received the call at 10:21 a.m. to the scene at Aspen Lakes Apartments on Knapp Street. A tow truck also was at the scene.

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