A Colquitt County man used a tool that costs less than $10 to get out of his sinking car Wednesday morning after driving into a creek on Fred Webb Road.

“A couple of deer run out in front of me,” Rusty Richmond said Thursday. “I swerved to miss them. I hit the creek instead.”

According to Georgia State Patrol reports, Richmond, 37, was driving north at about 9:50 a.m. when the accident occurred.

When the window of his 2013 Dodge Challenger wouldn’t open, Richmond grabbed a window emergency tool he had gotten a few months earlier and used it to strike the window as water came up to his feet.

“I folded it (window) out,” he said, and he used the tool to rake the glass away so I wouldn’t get cut on his way out. “I got on top of the car and jumped on the bank.”

The car sank quickly in the tributary that joins the Ochlockonee River a short distance away. The current was swift due to recent rains, Richmond said.

“If somebody was driving by, after 15 minutes they never would have known the car was there,” said Richmond, who was glad he had the tool handy.

“My mom had one in her vehicle for years,” he said. “I got it at Walmart. I think it was $9.”

An Internet search for window emergency tools showed prices ranging from less than $5. The tools include a blade for cutting seat belts loose, and some models come with flashlights and even emergency beacons.

 

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