Officer and Passerby Climb Into Icy River After Elderly Man Drives Off Connecticut Road

After an elderly man in Danielson, Connecticut, fell asleep behind the wheel of his car, veered off the road, and crashed into a river 25 feet below on January 9, a police officer, a passerby, and others leapt into action.

The officer and passerby climbed down a fence and into the river to help calm the 87-year-old man, who was screaming and trapped inside his car, witness Dennis Durand said.

A dam operator upstream was able to restrict the flow of the river to help lower the water level, according to local reports, as the driver waited for officials to arrive with equipment to cut the roof off the car.

Durand, who filmed this footage around noon, was driving through his neighborhood when he heard a loud crash, and assumed one of the vehicles behind him had hit the guardrail.

Durand stopped his car and got out to see if he could help, but instead recorded video footage as he witnessed the passerby and officer climbing down to the river and handing the motorist a life vest.

The footage shows the officer and passerby remaining on top of the car and communicating with the driver that more help is on the way.

More authorities arrived and were able to cut the car’s roof off, extract the man, and transport him to a local hospital to be treated for hypothermia and other injuries, according to the Danielson Fire Department. Credit: Dennis Durand via Storyful