Quick-thinking neighbours and emergency responders helped save a truck driver's life yesterday near Renfrew.
Police responded to a single-vehicle accident on Barryvale Road, in Calabogie after a report that a dump truck lost control and rolled into a marsh.
Before police arrived, a nearby neighbour jumped in the water and found the driver trapped, in his seat of the partially submerged truck. The neighbour was trying to free the driver by cutting the seatbelt.
When officers arrived on the scene, they found that the cab of the truck was partially submerged and so quickly jumped into the water to assist the vehicle driver and the community member.
"Everyone worked together to quickly free the driver and get him to safety," says Acting Sergeant Brianna Roberge.
The driver and responding officers were taken to a local hospital by Renfrew County EMS.
Also assisting was the Renfrew Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police, the Greater Madawaska Fire Department and Renfrew County EMS.
"Thanks to quick thinking and efforts of community members and emergency services, a potentially tragic incident was prevented," says Roberge.