Dallas, TX - A Dallas police officer is in critical condition after another vehicle forced his cruiser off the roadway, down an embankment, and into a creek. A group of citizens then rushed in to save him with part of the rescue being captured on video (video below.)
According to The Star-Telegram, the incident occurred about 2:15 PM on Monday, May 29, in the southbound lanes of the 3100 block of South Westmoreland Road, near Kiest Boulevard.
Police said that a 2007 white Chevrolet Silverado was traveling west in the 3300 block of West Pentagon Parkway, failed to yield to the police cruiser, and then collided with the cruiser.
The collision caused the police cruiser to leave the roadway, and fall 30 feet into Fivemile Creek below. Police are still searching for the driver, who fled the scene. It is believed that there was also a passenger in the truck and that the passenger fled the scene as well. The investigation is ongoing but the truck was apparently stolen.
Passing motorists stopped, and along with residents ran down the embankment and into the creek. They pulled the police officer from his cruiser, and gave him first aid.
According to WBAP, one resident said “I heard a kaboom and I just ran outside. They said there was a police car down in the ditch and everybody was down there trying to push the police car back over. It took like twenty guys to push the police car back over."
The police officer was conscious and talking before he was rushed to Methodist Dallas Medical Center. He is listed in critical condition.
One of the good Samaritans who stopped to help spoke with NBCDFW, "I knew nobody. Nobody knew me. And everybody was on the same page," Benji Rogers said. "Even in today's society with everything that is going wrong, that's the right thing to do, absolutely. And I wouldn't have thought twice. Everybody just helped out like they're supposed to."
Our thoughts and prayers are with the injured officer and his family.
You can see video from the rescue below: