Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Boy Saves Adult from Flooding Car ; Jeep Left Bridge, Landed Upside Down in Creek

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Boy Saves Adult from Flooding Car ; Jeep Left Bridge, Landed Upside Down in Creek

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HUTCHINSON -- Camden Busatti and his three friends had just crawled out of an upside down car that was quickly filling with water from the creek where it landed. They were in shock, but they weren't all out yet. The driver, Angela Clark, was trapped in the front seat.

"We were all out about to swim to shore and she couldn't get out," Camden said. "She yelled 'I can't get out,' and everyone was just frozen just standing there."

That left Camden with only one option- go back into the flooding vehicle he had just escaped.

The Hutchinson News reported that Aug. 6 was an exciting day for four fifth-grade boys from Central Christian School in Hutchinson. They were headed to a birthday party in Pratt.

"We were happy, we were dancing in the car," Camden said.

Angela Clark was driving the four boys, including her own son, and they were just about a mile away from the party when she lost control of the Dodge Durango on the muddy road caused by heavy rain.

"She went one way, swerved and then went the other way, and just flipped over," Camden said.

The jeep went off a bridge in 12,500 block of south Riverton Road around noon and landed upside down in a creek.

All of them were wearing seat belts, and Camden said he was a little afraid to unbuckle his seat belt and fall face first onto the roof of the vehicle.

"Hudson, the guy in the front seat ... he looked back and saw that the back had just popped open," Camden said. "So he climbed out and I followed him and Tyler followed me and then Ethan followed Tyler."

Camden said the four boys climbed out of the back hatch and climbed onto the overturned vehicle and a beam in the water, because the creek was too deep for them to stand.

Clark was still stuck in the driver's seat and yelled at the boys what to do.

"It's your mom, come on," Camden told his friend, but the boys were all too shocked to move, so Camden went back into the vehicle to help free Clark.

"She yelled out at me there's something I'm supposed to pull and I was looking around, it took me like five seconds and then I realized and pulled it," Camden said. …

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