Citizens rescue stranded driver in Conway

Citizens rescue stranded driver in Conway

CONWAY, SC (WMBF) – Water rescues are being reported all across the Grand Strand and Pee Dee. On Sunday night, three citizens took matters into their own hands to rescue a stranded driver.

Many city streets in Conway were blocked off starting Sunday. A chunk of Highway 701 was blocked off from Mill Pond Road to about a quarter of a mile north, just past where the creek runs under the bridge. There are barricades up warning drivers the road is closed.

Sunday night a man drove his car past the barricade. Once he realized his car would not make it, it was too late. The car stalled in the middle of the road.

"Looks like he just wanted to get home," says Alex Gardner, who was in the Jeep. "And the only way home was to ride through water. So he did what really was his only option. And it ended up costing his car. But I'm glad we were there to help him."

Three Conway men were driving around in a Jeep investigating the flood situation, which is not recommended by local law enforcement. The three men drove out to the car. And with the help of a Conway firefighter keeping watch over that intersection, they towed it into the parking lot for Conway Feed and Garden.

"People just don't listen to the law," says Kipp Bellamy, who was driving the Jeep. "They need to stay inside and be safe. Because if not, you're going to get hurt or something serious could happen."

The car would not start back up. The driver said he lived just around the corner and decided to walk home.

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