GOOD NEWS Good Samaritans Join Together to Flip Submerged SUV, Rescue 3 Teens
Three of the rescuers spoke to Fox News this morning about their dramatic actions.
After an SUV carrying three teenagers smashed through a barrier and into the Jordan River near Salt Lake City on Thursday, a group of bystanders bravely rushed into the water to flip the overturned, submerged vehicle.
Thanks to the quick actions of these Good Samaritans, the three teenagers are being treated in the hospital and are expected to make full recoveries.
On "Fox and Friends" this morning, we heard from the first man into the water, Leo Montoya. He explained that when he ran over to the bridge, he noticed a lot of people standing and watching.
"Nobody was doing anything. I heard that there was children in the vehicle so I immediately jumped in," he recalled. He said he quickly realized that a solo effort was "futile" so he started yelling for others to jump in with him.
Montoya said that they realized the only way for the teens to survive was for the SUV to be flipped. He said there was just not enough time to try to cut the seat belts off of the people inside.
"I kind of went a bit crazy and was screaming quite a bit, but there was enough people and I knew we could do it," he said.
Watch the full interview above.
Later on "America's Newsroom," Martha MacCallum was joined by two more of the rescuers, Ron Darro and Ed Kirby.
Darro said the river is right across from his house and he ran outside when he heard screams. Soon after, Darro said the "whole neighborhood" was at the scene.
Kirby, who lives next door, ran upstairs and out the door after his mother-in-law screamed for him to help.
"It was a horrifying sight. There was people everywhere, pandemonium, broken glass, people screaming. It was pretty scary," said Darro.
He said two of the three young boys inside the car had managed to get out, but the driver was still trapped underwater.
Kirby and Darro recalled that the driver "was blue" and in bad shape when the vehicle was flipped over.
"We could see that he was definitely deceased. But he came around about three or four minutes later and the whole crowd erupted. It was amazing," said Darro.
Firefighters were able to resuscitate the teen and Kirby, after visiting him in the hospital, reports that he's doing fine and not showing signs of brain damage.
Watch the second incredible interview below: