The hero we need.
Driving a car is one of the most dangerous things most people do on a daily basis, and motor vehicle accidents are responsible for thousands of deaths every year. We've seen some extraordinary car crashes in the last month, such as the Ford F-150 that was involved in a lightning strike incident, or the tragic passing of two men who were behind the wheel of a Tesla Model S while in Autopilot mode, but this incident has a happy ending and is a story that has inspired countless on the internet to step up when their fellow Americans are in need.
At approximately 2:30 pm on Sunday, a multi-vehicle crash on the Route 90 bridge near Ocean City, Maryland took place. One vehicle was left hanging half over the guardrail, and multiple victims were injured. During the accident, a 23-month-old girl was flung from the car and fell into the water. A man who wishes to remain anonymous immediately jumped into the water to rescue the girl. Ryan Whittington, firefighter and medic at Ocean City Fire Department was left astonished at the man's bravery: "He saved a 23-month-old child. There's no doubt in our mind that if he had not done what he did when he did it that we would be having a different headline to this story," he said.
The man was also involved in the accident, but did not sustain any serious injuries. Whittington says the man saw the girl laying in the water and immediately jumped into action. The man lept 25 down into the water that was about 5 feet deep. Rob Korb, a life member of the Ocean City Fire Department in Worcester County praised the man for his selfless deed: "The real hero in this situation is the good Samaritan that jumped in to provide life saving measures for the infant. I'd like to shake his hand or buy him a beer or both someday," he said. "For as much tragedy that you see there, the outcome has really been a successful one," Whittington said. "It was a very fortunate day for a lot of people who experienced traumatic injury." Korb concluded. The man and child were picked up by boaters. Eight people including the child were taken to local hospitals on Sunday after the crash and have since been discharged.