Driver hospitalized after being pulled from Hialeah canal

HIALEAH, FLA. (WSVN) - A South Florida man was airlifted to the hospital after police said, he drove into a canal in Hialeah, Friday evening.

Witnesses told police that a car stopped began rolling from a stop sign on West 56th Street and eventually went into a nearby canal.

An off-duty Miami Police officer and two Hialeah Police officers dove into the canal and pulled the male victim to safety. He was airlifted to Jackson Memorial Hospital in “extremely critical condition,” Hialeah Police Officer Carl Zogby said.

“Almost at the same time a City of Miami officer, I heard he didn’t hesitate,” said Zogby. “He jumped right in the water, found the driver. Two Hialeah officers jumped in after him; they were able to cut the seat belt and pull him out of the water, onto the bank of the canal and start CPR.”

It is unknown why or how the man didn’t stop the vehicle from going into the canal.

Four Hialeah Fire divers also went into the water but didn’t find anything.

“He’s the only person in there,” Zogby said. “Right now we’re gonna fish the car out and see if we can find any evidence of what may have happened here.”

Miami-Dade Police have been called out to assist in pulling the car out of the canal.

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