Officer helps save woman from sinking car at south Lincoln pond, police say

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – An officer helped save a woman from a sinking car at a south Lincoln pond on Wednesday, police say.

First responders were sent to the pond near 14th Street and Yankee Hill Road around 4:35 p.m.

Lincoln Police said Thursday that a 27-year-old woman was driving fast on the icy road when she left the roadway, struck a transformer and drove into the pond.

When Sgt. Tu Tran arrived, he saw that the vehicle was nearly submerged, according to police.

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Tran took off his police equipment, jumped into the water and swam to the vehicle.

Police say he was able to open a rear door but couldn’t see through the murky water.

Tran reached inside the vehicle, felt a leg and pulled the woman out of the car before it sank to the bottom, according to police.

She was taken to a local hospital to be treated for cold weather-related injuries, Lincoln Fire & Rescue Battalion Chief Jeff Topil said on Wednesday.

Tran went home, got a new uniform and went back to work, police say.  This was Tran’s second water rescue in less than six months.

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