Olive Branch teen rescued from sinking car in flood - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Olive Branch teen rescued from sinking car in flood

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OLIVE BRANCH, MS (WMC) -

While on her way home from a friend's home, a 17-year-old girl said she took a chance by driving late at night into what looked like a small amount of water on the road. It turned out to be a dangerous decision.

Her car quickly began to sink in several feet of water.

"I see water coming up to the doors and it wouldn't, like the door wouldn't open, so I moved to the other side and I banged my foot against it like five to 15 times," the teenager said. "God was definitely with me."

She said it turned into a terrifying situation.

"I grabbed my phone. Swimming, yelling for help. I was cold; I couldn't breathe," she said.

Neighbors captured the aftermath with pictures when emergency teams came to her rescue.

"All I remember is seeing this guy with this light and he came to help me. Then I blacked out and next thing I know is that I woke up in the ambulance," the teen said.

Neighbors hope that more traffic signs will keep others safe.

"I guess we need some more markers on the road, you know, to keep it marked. You know the young people don't have a clue what they can get into when they run off in there," neighbor Charles Monsue said.

Ponding is still a problem on some roads across Olive Branch. If you see an area with lots of water, do not try to drive through it.

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