Clear Lake driver in critical condition after plunge into pond
A driver is in critical condition today after he was rescued from a car that may have been submerged in a Clear Lake park pond for as long as 20 minutes Wednesday.
Three dogs that were with him in the car died.
The Harris County Sheriff's Office reported that Deputy Donald Hess was dispatched to the scene of a traffic accident at Bay Area Park around 6:30 p.m.
When he arrived, a witness said that about 20 minutes earlier, a car traveling northwest on Bay Area Boulevard had plunged off the road into a retention pond. The witness said he tried to rescue the driver but couldn't get the door open.
The deputy stripped off his shirt, vest and gun belt and jumped in with the witness, and they found the car about 20 feet from the shoreline.
Hess used his baton to break the driver's side window, and the witness held the driver’s head while the deputy cut off the seat belts.
The pair pulled the driver to shore, where EMS personnel were waiting to take him to Clear Lake Regional Medical Center.
Later the bodies of the man's three dogs were retrieved from the car.
The exact cause of the accident is under investigation, but the sheriff's office said the driver may have suffered a medical condition before crashing.
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