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Mother & Toddler Trapped in Sinking Car Make Chilling 911 Call as Tragedy Unfolds (VIDEO)

by Lindsay Mannering on November 17, 2012 at 9:35 AM

ambulanceThis tragedy has no silver lining. Thursday night, a Texas mother was driving with her 22-month-old toddler when they got in what started off as a minor accident. According to NBC News in Dallas, the car driven by the mother (her name has not been released) ran a stop sign and hit a southbound car. The force of the collision sent the mother's car through a fence, then into a small pond near an apartment complex. As her car was sinking, she called 911 and explained her situation.

While on the phone, two good Samaritans dove into the water to try and break the car's windows and open the doors, but unfortunately, neither would budge.

The car was sinking nose first, and fast. The two young men who saw the crash jumped in the water and said they did everything they could to try and save the lives inside, but there was nothing that could be done.

The police arrived soon after and were able to pull the mother and her daughter out of the car after a half hour or so of prying. They were taken to a local hospital where they were announced dead on arrival.

NBC 5 decided not to release the 911 call because it was, understandably, too disturbing.

I just can't get over the tragedy of the situation. How surreal and supremely horrifying it must've been to be on the phone with 911 while you're drowning with your daughter. Yes, car accidents happen all the time, but you rarely hear a story as terrible as this one. A slow, mindful death has to be the worst way to go. And to know you can't save your daughter, either? I cannot imagine.

This story is almost scary enough to make me want to buy a car with manual, roll down windows ... if that's still even an option.

Shockingly, both the boys who jumped in the pond and the driver of the other car decided to give interviews on camera. Personally, I think I would've been a little too unnerved to go on TV and talk about the two deaths I just witnessed, but nevertheless, hear their stories below.

View more videos at: http://nbcdfw.com.

Any thoughts?

 

Photo via nbcdfw.com

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  • miche...
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    micheledo

    November 17, 2012 at 9:41 AM

    I know we often hear about the horrible 911 operators that fail at their job or make light of a tragedy.  But I am sure they are rare.  I honestly cannot imagine doing their job and the things that must fill their minds and dreams at times.  :(  They are amazing people and I am thankful they are doing it.

    So very sorry for this woman's family. 


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    meagansmommy07

    November 17, 2012 at 9:47 AM
    This is one of my worst fears, being stuck in a sinking car with both my kids. I keep a tiny hammer to break the windows but the amount of time it would take me to unstrap both my kids from their car seats distrubs me. I might start keeping a tiny pair of scissors too....
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    Foleygirl24

    November 17, 2012 at 9:57 AM

    I have a 3 in 1 flashlight, seatbelt cutter, and ballpeen (sp?) hammer in my car for emergencies. You can get them at pep boys and probably any hardware store as well.  Good thing to have.


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    lovemyson1224

    November 17, 2012 at 10:01 AM
    Such a horrible tragedy. I feel so bad for her family and friends having to know how she suffered.
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    jhslove

    November 17, 2012 at 10:14 AM

    That is heartbreaking. This page has some good, step-by-step info for what to do if you find yourself in that situation.  http://www.wikihow.com/Escape-from-a-Sinking-Car


  • abra819
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    abra819

    November 17, 2012 at 11:09 AM

    keep a hammer under your seat ladies.....break a window, fend off an attacker...


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    tuffymama

    November 17, 2012 at 6:27 PM
    The horrible, visceral, terrifying, mortally agonizing shit these operators have to hear! God bless them. I would be drunk off my ass every day if I had to do that job. God take the souls of this mother and child.
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    Gina Bush

    November 18, 2012 at 3:55 PM

    Where does the hammer under your seat go if you get in a wreck?  I carry a ResQMe keychain.  It's attached to the steering column, so it doesn't get thrown around in a wreck.  It pops off the ring easily.  It has a seatbelt cutter as well as a glass breaker.  For me, its the only option when time matters.


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    Eryn

    November 18, 2012 at 9:27 PM
    I'm a 911 operator, and those types of things are so hard to deal with, even after work. I was on the line once with a lady who lived in a very rural area. Her house was burning and she couldn't save her dogs, was screaming "I can hear my dogs burning" and I had to cry right along with her, on the phone. Sometimes it's ALL you can do. That was years ago, I still hear her voice and I still cry, even just as I type this.
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    Samantha

    November 19, 2012 at 8:25 AM
    I couldnt be the one to listen to the panic of a mother dying with her toddler daughter. She must have been terrified & felt hopeless. I cant imagine losing my daughter like that. Knowing it was my mistake that ended her precious life & that i couldnt save her no matter what i did. Im going to be keeping something to break the glass in my car at all times now. And something to cut seat belts. Thats just such a terrifying story.
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