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Good Samaritans Rescue Man Trapped Under Water After Wreck On Highway 6

Update 12/15, 6:43 p.m.: Bryan Police Department said the driver, Alston Trbula, is still in critical care, but stable condition at St. Joseph Hospital in Bryan.

Update: Bryan police are advising motorists traveling south on Highway 6 to exit Briarcrest Drive to avoid an accident. Police say there have been a series of vehicle accidents on Highway 6 this evening.

A 20-year-old man is alive thanks to some quick- thinking travelers on Highway 6 in Bryan Friday night.

Six people jumped into a drainage creek in Bryan after the man crashed his Jeep and was trapped under water upside down.

News 3 talked to some of the man's rescuers.

An amazing outcome to a frightening crash on Highway 6 south of Briarcrest Drive.

Police say a 20-year old man driving a Jeep rear-ended a Chevrolet Pickup that had slowed for traffic. The Jeep then rolled down an embankment landing upside down in a creek.

"I noticed there was lights in the water. We stopped and him and I just jumped out of the truck and both ran over here," said Brian Curry of College Station.

Brian Curry just graduated from A&M receiving a commission in the Navy.

He and friend Mario Pineda jumped into the cold water to rescue the man who was unconscious and in the water several minutes.

Several other drivers and a police officer helped roll the Jeep upright and rescue the man still strapped inside.

"Cut the seatbelt pulled him out, pulled him out. We brought him up to the concrete slab... He woke up. He was breathing on his way to the hospital," said Mario Pineda of Winchester, California.

Braneysha Moore and Casey Albright saw all the rescuers run out of their cars as they left work at Wells Fargo.

"We're just praying for the victims and we hope that everything is all right," said Moore.

Police say the driver of the pickup that was rear-ended even jumped into the water to help.

Police believe the Jeep driver failed to control his speed.

"He's very lucky and we have some great volunteers and witnesses. This doesn't happen all the time," said Sgt. Brett Boswell of the Bryan Police Department.

Brian Curry came back to the scene to find his wallet.

He and Mario Pineda were still soaked from the chest down.

"We just threw it all out there and jumped in," said Brian Curry.

The driver of the pickup was not injured in the crash.

The name of the 20-year-old Jeep driver has not been released at this time but we're told he's recovering at Saint Joseph Hospital in Bryan.

Bryan dispatchers are asking southbound drivers on Highway 6 to exit at Briarcrest Drive because of several smaller accidents at that original crash.

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A 20-year-old man is expected to survive after being trapped under water after crashing his Jeep.

The accident happened Friday night during rush hour on Highway 6 just south of Briarcrest Drive in Bryan.

Bryan Police say the Jeep rear-ended a Chevrolet Pickup that had slowed for traffic.

The Jeep lost control, rolled down an embankment landing upside down in a creek.

Several Good Samaritans jumped out of their cars and turned the Jeep over and rescued the man trapped inside.

Bryan Police say he was in the water five minutes.

He was transported to St. Joseph Hospital in Bryan and is expected to survive.

News 3 will have more details coming up Friday at ten.

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News 3 has a crew on the scene of a series of accidents in the area of Briarcrest and University Drive on Highway 6 that has traffic slowed in both directions.

Initial reports say there are at least two accidents that are blocking lanes both southbound and northbound.

Officials have not yet released any details regarding the number of vehicles or extent of injuries, if any, but our crew on scene reports that one vehicle appears to have rolled off of the southbound highway and into a creek.

Traffic in the southbound direction is slowly being let through, but at one point was reportedly backed up from University Drive to the Martin Luther King exit in Bryan.

We'll continue to monitor this story and bring you details as we learn them. Stay with News 3 for the latest on this breaking news story.


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