Durham deputy and firefighters pull woman and child from sinking car

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A woman and a child were pulled from a car that landed in a swollen creek.

The Durham County Sheriff's Office says a deputy and firefighters leapt into action when a vehicle hydroplaned on South Alston Avenue and landed in a swollen creek.

A picture posted to Facebook by the department shows the vehicle half submerged in the rushing water.

It happened as strong thunderstorms were moving through the city Tuesday evening.

A man driving in the 5200 block of South Alston lost control, hit a culvert, and the car went down an embankment into the water below.

The driver got out, but an unconscious woman and an 11-year-old boy were stuck in the vehicle.

Durham County Deputy. I. Cantrell jumped into the water to help the Durham Fire Department get them out.

Both passengers were taken to the hospital.
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