STAMFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — Amid Monday’s significant snowstorm, a truck carrying two occupants fell into the water at Cummings Park in Stamford, according to the Stamford Advocate (SA).
Stamford Captain Richard Conklin told SA a call came in around 2:30 p.m. of “someone losing control of a vehicle that fell into the water.”
The SA reports, the driver was doing “donuts” in the fresh snow in the parking lot of the harbor when the truck fell into the water.
The female driver was able to extract herself through the small window by the cab of the truck and was pulled to safety by fire crews. The male passenger was too big to fit through the small hole and needed assistance to get out of the submerged vehicle. He ended up being completely submerged for about 15 seconds before popping out of the water. Dive crews were albe to pull him to safety.
Fire crews tell reporters they were inches and seconds away from tragedy.
Both occupants are recovering.
SA reports fire department divers were called to the scene at 3:20 p.m. One diver was still in the water assisting a tow company in removing the truck from the water.
The divers were out of the water by 3:33 p.m. and the truck was secured, according to dispatch reports.
Fire crews handled the water rescue while police are investigating the crash.
The driver, a 37-year-old female, has been charged with reckless operation.