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Deputies rescue driver who crashed car into retention off I-75 in Seffner

Posted at 3:35 AM, Sep 28, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-28 05:58:20-04

SEFFNER, Fla. -- Deputies rescued a driver who drove off the interstate and crashed into a retention pond on Thursday night.

The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office reports a witness called 911 around 10:25 p.m. saying they saw a car drive off southbound I-75 at the I-4 ramp.

The car ended up submerged in a retention pond. Authorities say the driver, Nicholas Fry, was not injured in the crash and was able to climb out of the car's window and got onto the vehicle's roof.

The Sheriff's Office Dive Team responded to the accident scene and threw Fry a life vest to wear until he could be rescued.

Hillsborough County firefighters combined their ladders together, which allowed Fry to climb from the roof of his car onto dry land.

Fry says he lost control of his car due to slick road conditions from a recent rainstorm. The Florida Highway Patrol is investigating the crash.

The Dive Team towed the submerged car out of the retention pond.