It was just another day on the job when Steve Campion witnessed an elderly man driving a Toyota Prius head straight into the flooded waters Monday morning.
The ABC13 news reporter was doing a live segment when the driver of the Prius plowed straight ahead.
Campion couldn’t believe what he was seeing and tried to warn the driver; however, it was too late. The car started sinking at the Studemont Street underpass.
“Dude, you’ve got to get out of the car. You’ve got to get out!” yelled Campion.
A man in his late 50’s possibly early 60’s, immediately panicked opening the door of the small car, as it was sinking fast.
He was wearing what looks like a brown trench coat while battling his way out of his vehicle.
“Leave the car, swim!” said Campion.
Just in time, the man did what Campion told him. He swam.
Campion ran into the water with news mic in his hand. He pulled the man to safety.
“I didn’t see it. I didn’t see it,” said the man.
He then navigated his way to lower water levels where Campion was standing.
The man claims he did not think the water was that deep before approaching it.
“Yeah, I didn’t think the water was that deep,” the man said.
Now, standing next to Campion, the man takes one last look at his vehicle.
By this time, the car was completely under water.
“My car is under,” the man told Campion.
The man was hesitant about leaving his car in the deep waters to sink.
“You gotta leave the car,” Campion said.
Later, the man identified himself as Andy.
News Reporter Miya Shay uploaded raw footage of Steve Campion saving Andy on Twitter.
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