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Colona Neighbors Rescue Woman Stuck In Flipped Car

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A Colona girl and her father were driving home Tuesday evening, when they noticed a woman waving them down for help. A nearby driver was stuck in a car that had flipped into the water right off of Green River Road. Andrew and Madison Munoz, other neighbors, the Colona Police Department, the Colona Fire Department, and the Henry County Sheriff's Office were all involved with making sure the woman got out of the scary situation alive.

"He was like, 'Madison, call 911,'" Madison Munoz said. "There was this girl in the middle of the road."

The woman flagged them down at around 7 PM.

"We knew something was wrong, so we pulled over," Andrew Munoz said.

He then saw the car. He says the hood and front seats were submerged. The water was apparently around two feet deep.

"When I looked closer, her head was under water," he said.

He says he trudged his way through mud, struggled to get the front door open, unbuckled the woman's seat belt, and dragged her out through the back door.

"When I was pulling her out, I was afraid I was going to hurt her, but I had to get her out of there," he said.

He says another passerby then helped lead her to land.

"When he was lifting her out, she was like, 'I love you, I love you,'" Madison Munoz said.

Moments later, emergency medical services arrived.

"Her condition would be completely the other way, if it hadn't been for her neighbors," Colona Fire Chief John Swan said.

He says the Colona Fire Department is grateful for their help.

"It just proves that ordinary people can do extraordinary things," he said.

The woman was reportedly taken to a local hospital. Her condition has not yet been released.

"He saved her, yeah," Madison Munoz said.

Meanwhile, Andrew and Madison Munoz are reflecting. They'd helped save a life.

"It was somebody upstairs looking out for somebody," Andrew Munoz said. "All of us."

He says the situation hits close to home.

"My cousin, Natalie Munoz, died less than a month ago in a car accident," he said. "That kind of made me want to do what was right."

The recent Bettendorf High School graduate passed away in Davenport on her way to class at Scott Community College. He says he is glad to have been one of several people who were in the right place at the right time Tuesday. The Henry County Sheriff's Office will be handling the accident investigation. More details will be provided once they become available.

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