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Driver able to escape car sinking in frigid water

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A motorist had a close call after his car sank in the Cull Drain, Sarnia Police say.

The man was eastbound Nov. 30 on Michigan Line when his car struck an animal east of Telfer Road, swerved off the road before the bridge and entered the creek about 10 p.m.

The water was running high and the car was carried a short way on the current before it started to sink.

When the driver, 45, became alert again he found cold water entering the cabin but couldn’t open the door. He escaped by opening the window and climbing onto the roof.

Even there, the water was up to his knees, police said.

The man called 911 and police, fire and paramedics arrived.

He was pulled to shore by Sarnia firefighters and taken to hospital but suffered no serious injuries.

“Thanks to his ability to keep his senses and work through this terrifying ordeal, he is alive,” said Const. Giovanni Sottosanti.

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