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Car crashes into pond in Apex

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The car is pulled from the water

Two good Samaritans tried to pull a driver out of a car Monday morning in Apex when he crashed through a fence and into a pond.

It happened around 9:30 a.m. on Lufkin Road near Ten-Ten Road. Pictures from the scene showed the car completely underwater.

The rescuers told ABC11 they were on their way to Georgia for a job when they saw what was happening.

"He was sitting there being non responsive. When he came to, he was really out of it," said one of the men - who asked not to be identified.

As they tried to help, the car started filling with water.

"I went over to the side, bashed out the side window. After a few attempts tried pulling him out of there, opened the door. Couldn't get him out that way. He hung on for dear life to the back headrest," said the rescuer.

By that time, the car was sinking and the man, identified by police as John Hood, Jr., was still inside despite their efforts.

"He was pretty much out the back window, face up as the car was flooding with water. That's when the fire department got here. They bashed out the back window with an axe, and pulled him out through the back," said the rescuer.

Emergency workers rushed Hood to Cary WakeMed. We're told he has minor injuries after his ordeal and doctors were evaluating him to determine if any medical issues caused him to drive through a fence and into the pond.

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