An infant who was in a car that hit a bridge guardrail and flew out into the bay was rescued by a Good Samaritan who plunged in after.
The accident occurred on Sunday afternoon at the Route 90 bridge in Ocean City, Maryland. Ocean City fire and police personnel responded to a call for a crash with injuries, the Ocean City Volunteer Fire Company wrote in a press release posted on Facebook.
At the scene, a Worchester County fire marshal informed responders that one vehicle was halfway over the guardrail and that several people were injured. It was declared a mass casualty incident and the response efforts were upgraded to a rescue.
While fire and police officials worked the scene, an individual took the initiative to execute a rescue.
‘During the collision, one pediatric patient was ejected from the car teetering over the guardrail and landed into the Assawoman Bay,’ the Ocean City Volunteer Fire Company stated in the release. ‘A Good Samaritan immediately jumped over the guardrail and into the bay, rescuing the infant.’
Firefighters secured the car with tools to prevent it from possibly falling over the guardrail and paramedics treated several patients with urgent injuries. The infant was airlifted to Johns Hopkins Children’s Center in Baltimore, Maryland, the release states. Seven other patients were transferred to different hospitals.
The Good Samaritan was not identified. The cause of the accident was under investigation and not immediately determined.
Ocean City firefighter Rob Korb, a witness, posted on Facebook that the infant was a girl and appeared unconscious in the water ‘moments after it occurred’. The Good Samaritan performed CPR on the baby in the water, Korb wrote.
A boater pulled the infant and the hero out of the bay and took them to shore, according to Korb
‘I’ve been on some crazy jobs over the years but this one will be one to remember,’ wrote Korb, who posted photos of five vehicles in the wreck.
The infant fell about 30 feet and the Good Samaritan was a man in his 40s, Korb told The Charlotte Observer. The infant’s condition was not immediately known.
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