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Two Boys Rescued After Car Plunges from Bridge

6:38 AM, Apr 7, 2012   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Rescuers witness a miracle to start the holiday weekend after a car plunges from the Trout River Bridge.

"It was a miracle, it's a blessing," said Ken Shank.

One northbound lane of the Trout River Bridge at Lem Turner Road and Riverview Street has been reopned after a car went off the bridge.

The car was upside down in the water and two males, ages 11 and 16, were in the car.

The two occupants have no life-threatening injuries, according to Steve Gerbert of the Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department.

Shank and his plumbing and home repairs business partner Romalic Wilcox were heading home when they came upon the accident.

"We knew it was an accident but we didn't think someone had drove over the bridge," Shank said.

"when they come and told me some guys was down there and the car was upside down, my reaction was to just go help them," explained his partner, Romalic Wilcox.

The men grabbed the ladder from the top of their work truck, lowered it down and Wilcox climbed down.

Rescue pictures Jacksonville Fire Rescue snapped of the scene are dramatic, showing the two young men being pulled from the car and carried up the bank.

"From them flying over that bridge and landing hood first and flipping over backwards, that's a lot of trauma," Gerbert said.

"I wasn't looking for them to come out with somebody walking on their own feet, their own power, you know," Shank said. "I thought wasn't nobody going to move."

The 11-year-old has a laceration to his leg and the 16-year-old has right arm pain, but both are otherwise in good condition, according to Gerbert.

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