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College student escapes car in water-filled ditch


A Hawkeye Community College student is crediting prime time television dramas for escaping a dangerous situation.

On Tuesday morning, Marisa Vivians crashed into a watery ditch on La Porte Road in Waterloo. She used some quick thinking to escape from the car that was quickly filling with water.

"I give all the credit to NCIS and Criminal Minds," she said.

It certainly was a dramatic event, but this was no television show - it was real life. Vivians was heading home from her college class.

"I was on my way home to change my clothes and was ran off the road by a gentleman who turned into my lane and almost hit the front end of my car," Vivians said.

The water started pouring into Vivians' car. She tried to get out her front door, but the locks didn't work. She jumped in the back seat to get out the back door.

"I took off my shoes and put them on the roof because my shoes were soaked and I didn't want to slip," Vivians explained. "I didn't want to get into the water so I got on top of the car and the trunk was open from crashing into the tree so I shut the trunk and had my backpack on my back and my cell phone in my pocket. I then jumped from the truck to the bank and ran up the muddy bank."

The driver of the other car stopped to help. Vivians said he was in the water up to his collar bone trying to help her.

Despite the loss of her car and perhaps a favorite purse, Vivians says she's just happy to be safe.

She walked away without any injuries.  

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