Mom’s Car Smashes In A Muddy Ditch, Prompting Florida Deputies And Firefighters To Create A Human Chain To Recover The Gifts

One family’s Christmas was spared by Florida officers and firefighters who created a human chain to recover gifts from a car that ended up in a water-filled ditch after the mother smashed it into a pole.

Mom's Car Smashes In A Muddy Ditch, Prompting Florida Deputies And Firefighters To Create A Human Chain To Recover The Gifts

Around 11:45 a.m. on Christmas Day, a mother was driving her three young children, the oldest of whom was approximately five years old, on Interstate 95 when her car veered off the road, hit a pole, rolled, and ended up in a ditch with roughly three feet of water, according to the Volusia Sheriff’s Office.

Before emergency personnel arrived on the site, bystanders assisted the family in getting out of the car.

The family was not seriously hurt in the collision, but the children’s Christmas gifts were left inside the sunken car.

The majority of the gifts were saved by the deputies and Ormond Beach firefighters using a ladder to access the vehicle after the patients were taken by EMS to a nearby hospital.

On the ladder, the first responders established a human chain. The firemen gave the gifts to the deputies, who moved them to dry land.

“Because of these efforts, deputies were able to transport the gifts to the VSO office, where they were sorted, dried, supplemented with a few extra donated gifts, and then brought to the hospital for the children,” the sheriff’s office wrote on Facebook.

“[T]his family’s Christmas is a little bit brighter despite the crash,” the sheriff’s office added.

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