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Champaign Police Rescue Disabled Man From Flooded Viaduct

Updated: Thursday, July 17 2014, 04:43 PM CDT


The heavy rainfall and flooded streets this weekend was quite frightening especially for one Champaign resident who got trapped.

Dash camera video shows Champaign police responding to a call of a disabled man stuck in his car underneath a viaduct.

Police say this past Saturday, around 10am, the 36-year-old's vehicle became submerged as he was trying to pass through a viaduct at 1 Stadium Drive in Champaign.

Responding officers say when they arrived, the water was so high, it reached the man's chest inside his vehicle.

Officer Robert Sumption of Champaign Police says, "I do remember that when he first put his arm around me, his grasp was pretty tight, which translated to me that he was in distress. He honestly was concerned of his safety and his well-being."

Officers carried the man to an ambulance that was waiting nearby. They then went back to recover his wheelchair and other personal belongings.

The victim was examined by medical staff and had no injuries. Responding officers say they were only doing their job and wouldn't think twice if they had to do it again.

Champaign Police Rescue Disabled Man From Flooded Viaduct

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