- Associated Press - Friday, January 9, 2015

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - An off-duty state trooper is being credited with saving a mother and her two children after their car skidded off a North Carolina road and flipped into a freezing creek.

The N.C. Highway Patrol says Trooper Christopher J. Matos was driving Friday along a rural road in Lenoir County when he saw a car traveling in the opposite direction slide off the icy asphalt.

Patrol spokesman Sgt. Michael Baker says Matos jumped into the water and pulled a 14-year-old child out of the passenger-side window of the partially-submerged car. He then helped the female driver unbuckle her infant from a child seat, handing the baby off to another motorist who had stopped to assist before guiding the woman to shore.

The mother and her children were treated for mild hypothermia.

Copyright © 2018 The Washington Times, LLC.

The Washington Times Comment Policy

The Washington Times is switching its third-party commenting system from Disqus to Spot.IM. You will need to either create an account with Spot.im or if you wish to use your Disqus account look under the Conversation for the link "Have a Disqus Account?". Please read our Comment Policy before commenting.


Click to Read More and View Comments

Click to Hide