A brother and sister are being hailed as heroes after rescuing a young family and their baby from a terrible car accident.
For siblings Aaron Allen and Jolisa Jones, it was just another delivery run on a typical Monday morning in Tampa Bay. Traffic was just dying down after the morning commute, and it was looking like another day in paradise.
That all changed when a white Chrysler side-swiped the SUV in front of them.
The SUV tumbled off the road to land in a small creek. The vehicle landed upside down with the occupants still trapped inside. From the obvious damage to the glass and the bodywork, water was seeping inside--water that could become deadly if the occupants were unconscious.
For Aaron and Jolisa, there wasn’t even a question of what they should do next.
The two pulled over and immediately descended into the ravine. The first order of business was righting the Toyota Rav4 enough so they could open the door. This meant turning the SUV on its side--no small feat, but as professional movers, they knew a thing or two about moving heavy objects.
After righting the SUV, Aaron wrapped his t-shirt around his fist to break open the window. This allowed them to unlock the car and get inside where they found a young couple and their 11-day-old baby.
With some effort, Allen and Jones managed to haul everyone to safety to await the arrival of emergency services.
In an interview with Fox 13, Allen said that his only thought was of his own 4-month-old daughter and how he would hope that someone would come to his rescue if their roles were reversed.
“If I was in that situation, I would want someone to come to my rescue, honestly,” he told the news outlet. “I would want someone to help me.”
However, neither Allen nor Jones would leave the rescue unscathed. Broken glass tore open Allen’s arm, while Jones received injuries to her fingers.
The family in the SUV are all safe, although the baby was taken to hospital as a precaution. The driver of the white Chrysler fled the scene, so Tampa residents should be on the lookout for a Chrysler 300 with obvious damage on its side.