Louisiana authorities look to thank unknown trucker for saving women

By Greg Grisolano, Land Line associate editor | 11/10/2015

Emergency responders in Louisiana are looking for an unknown trucker who saved the lives of two women when he pulled them from their SUV that overturned in a creek.

“We just want to tell him thank you, because he probably saved two girls’ lives,” said Chad Sonnier, chief of the volunteer fire department of Scott, La., in an interview with “Land Line Now.”

Sonnier said firefighters responded to a single-vehicle crash at just before 3 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 7, on eastbound Interstate 10 near Scott. According to reports, the SUV drove through a bridge guardrail and landed upside down in a ditch, partially submerged underwater. The fire chief said the water was about waist deep, and the vehicle ended up roughly 20 feet from shore.

The trucker, who told authorities he witnessed the women being ejected from the vehicle and floating face-down in the water, stopped his own vehicle and jumped in to pull the women to safety. He stayed on the scene long enough to see the women handed over safely to emergency crews.

The women suffered some broken bones and lacerations, but “nothing life-threatening,” according to Sonnier.

Anyone with information on the identity of the truck driver is encouraged to call the Scott Fire Department at 337-235-4725.

News anchor Reed Black contributed to this report.

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