KINGSTON TOWNSHIP, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — Two people were taken to the hospital after a pick-up truck rolled into a lake in Luzerne County.
It happened around 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at Frances Slocum State Park in Kingston Township.
A witness wasted no time trying to save both men as the truck was quickly sinking.
Paul Rother watched the scary situation unfold. He called 9-1-1, grabbed a hammer, and leaped into the lake. Rother said 90% of the cab was already submerged.
“The driver was halfway out, so I got him out, got into the back of the vehicle, asked him questions, and he said I have a son, my son is in there, my son!” said Rother.
That’s when Jason Rose, a Trucksville volunteer firefighter, answered the call and helped Rother rescue both men from the sinking truck.
“I grabbed the gentleman that was worse off, unresponsive, and we brought him to the shore,” said Rose. “Then the rest of the crew showed up, and we lifted him up, and I went back in for the second gentleman.”
Both men were taken to Wilkes-Barre General Hospital, but their conditions are unknown.
Rother said the driver was conscious at the time of the rescue, but he believes the passenger was underwater for a few minutes before they were able to get him out.
A Pennsylvania State Police reconstruction team was on the scene to assist the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources with the investigation.