Adam Taylor believes his actions in rescuing a young woman weren't particularly extraordinary.
Adam Taylor believes his actions in rescuing a young woman weren't particularly extraordinary. Trevor Veale

Humble hero simply “in the right place at the right time”

"IN THE right place at the right time."

That's how Adam Taylor summed up his heroic effort to help a young woman out of an overturned car as it filled with water, just moments after he nearly became involved in the crash himself.

The accident, which ended in the dramatic rescue, happened after an oncoming Toyota Corolla hatchback spun out of control in wet conditions, passed in front of his vehicle and rolled several times down an embankment.

That car, being driven by a young woman, then plunged into a roadside pond on its roof and quickly began to sink.

"I quickly pulled over, jumped out of the car and ran to where the car went over and at that stage, just tail lights were visible from the water," Adam said.

"Luckily the woman had the presence of mind to climb into the back of the car and get out through the rear passenger's door, as the front doors were submerged in mud.

"She had her head just above water when I got to her but she couldn't get out because her leg was stuck.

"I was able to lift the car and pull her out, so yeah she was lucky.

"We then climbed up the bank.

"Later I realised I had my mobile phone in my pocket when I waded out into the water."

The accident happened on the Orara Way, about 1km west of Red Hill, yesterday just before 7am.

The young woman was treated by paramedics for shock and taken to hospital for assessment.

Jess Kelly, who owns the property, said it was the second time a car had lost control on the bend and crashed into the dam after a similar accident about 15 years ago.

After hearing the screech of brakes, he ran down to see the car submerged, with just the rear bumper showing

"I think it was lucky the lady got out of the car very early," he said.

Police urged motorists to be careful on local roads in wet conditions.



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