Chinese villagers rescue family of five after car crashes into river

Group were travelling to hometown for holidays when they collided with another vehicle

PUBLISHED : Monday, 02 October, 2017, 5:55pm
UPDATED : Monday, 02 October, 2017, 5:55pm

Villagers in eastern China rescued a family of five on Monday after their car crashed and overturned in a river.

The family group, which included a four-year old boy, had set off early from Shanghai for their hometown in Jiangsu province on the second day of the week-long National Day holidays, the Yangtse Evening News reported.

They had almost reached their destination when their car collided with a white saloon at a crossroads in Yuanpeng village and flipped off the road into a river.

Startled by the loud crash, villagers nearby immediately rushed over and found the overturned vehicle half submerged in the one-metre deep water.

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Someone called the police, and about a dozen villagers jumped into the river to help.

“The situation was too urgent ... We couldn’t afford to wait for the police to arrive and had to get into the water to save those people first,” one man was quoted as saying by the newspaper.

The villagers pushed the car to lie on its side and helped the driver and his wife out of the front seats. But the rear door was stuck, trapping the other three people inside.

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They found a brick to smash open the window and pulled the other passengers out, including the boy.

The rescue took less than 10 minutes. The family were taken to hospital as a precaution by only suffered minor injuries.

There were no reports of any arrests.