UPS Workers Rescue Women from Submerged Car in Florida


Five men jumped into a pond to save two women trapped in a car that was partially submerged early Friday morning.

The men, who work at UPS, told Eyewitness News that they were leaving work and were heading towards Zell Drive (see map) when a driver in a yellow 2003 Sunfire Pontiac cut them off.

"I saw the car going real fast and then saw the car free fall into the ditch and into the water," rescuer Robert Torres said.

AT THE SCENE: Images Of Partially Submerged Pontiac

The mena said the car then ran off the road, flipped over and crashed into a pond. The men got out of their vehicle, jumped in the water and tried to save two women that were inside.

"When I went in the water to help them, one girl was yelling for help. The other one I couldn't see, because she was submerged in the water," another rescuer said.

The five men stayed in the water and said they helped Orange County deputies and firefighters when they arrived.

"We were trying to turn over the car so we could get her head above the water, so she could breathe," one rescuer said.

According to the Florida Highway Patrol, the driver lost control when she attempted to speed down a curve and then drove off the road and into a pond. Troopers said the driver, 23-year-old Caralee Casale, was going above the posted speed limit of 25 miles per hour.

Casale was listed in critical condition at Florida Hospital Kissimmee. The passenger, 22-year-old Jennifer Henry, was at Orlando Regional Medical Center with serious injuries.

The FHP said the crash was not alcohol related.

Commander Luckey of the Orange County Sherriff's Office said the men may be nominated for a merit award.

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