Good Samaritans, emergency responders jump into San Joaquin County canal to rescue driver from overturned car

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First responders and good Samaritans stand near a canal where a car overturned into the water. (Photo from the Waterloo Morada Fire District)

MORADA, Calif. (KTXL) — Multiple good Samaritans and local emergency responders jumped into a San Joaquin County canal Wednesday afternoon to save a driver from an overturned car.

The Waterloo Morada Fire District says a fisherman called 911 after spotting the vehicle almost completely submerged in the water along East Foppiano Lane, just east of Highway 99.

(Photo by CHP – Stockton)

Two citizens jumped in the water and tried to save the driver, who was still trapped in the car, according to the fire district.

According to the California Highway Patrol, when first responders got the scene a Stockton officer broke one of the car’s windows with his baton. The CHP says he cut the driver’s seatbelt and everyone helped pull the driver to safety.

Fire district officials also thanked a nurse for stopping to help emergency responders.

“Many thanks to the fisherman that witnessed the accident and called 9-1-1 immediately, to the nurse that stopped to assist and to the two citizens that entered the water to do what they could until rescuers arrived,” the fire district wrote.

The CHP reports the driver was hospitalized and he is expected to recover.

Correction: This story has been updated to provide additional details about the good Samaritans who helped rescue the driver.

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