Mans Drives Car Into Horseshoe Lake, Saved After Crawling To Road
A man who drove a vehicle into Horseshoe Lake over the weekend is alive after somehow being able to free himself from the vehicle, then crawling roadside to get help.
According to the Loveland Reporter-Herald, the Loveland Fire Rescue Authority and Loveland Police Department responded to the area of 37th Street and Boise Avenue after a teen, Kaylee Brockel called 911 at about 11:45 p.m Saturday night (May 8).
Brockel was reportedly driving around Boyd Lake and was about to turn onto Boise Ave. late Saturday night when she noticed someone laying in the middle of the road through her headlights, moving his arms. She didn't initially realize it was a person in the road, but she stopped to help, and immediately called for emergency crews once discovering it was, in fact, a man in the road.
The man had driven a Subaru into Horseshoe Lake, but was somehow able to get out, swim to shore and flag down help.
“It was a man in the middle of the road,” said Brockel. “You could see the water tracks … You could see that he crawled out of the lake.”
Brockel said the man's legs appeared to be broken, which Loveland Fire Rescue Authority Battalion Chief Jason Starck echoed. Medical personnel transported the man, who Starck said was the lone passenger in the car, to McKee Medical Center.
As of Monday (May 10), the man's identity has not been released and information on his condition has not been made publicly available.
Although Loveland police officials who were called to investigate crash could not be reached for comment on Sunday night (May 9) regarding the incident, Starck said that the unidentified man had been driving eastbound on 37th Street, somehow lost control of the Subaru and rolled into the lake.
“He got out and swam ashore and crawled up onto the street,” said Starck.
That's where the young teen found the man; Brockel explained that it was very dark, but luckily she had her brights on and spotted the man in the middle of the road, waving his arms. She had alerted other cars so they would not hit the man while she called for help.
Once the man was transported to the hospital, Loveland Fire’s dive team went into the water to hook a tow rope on the car, which Starck said was about 60 feet off shore in about 9 feet of water.
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