SUNSET VALLEY, Texas (KXAN) - Paula Clark and her uncle, Artie Hicks, feel lucky to be alive after they were trapped inside their car and had to be rescued. The victims were on their way home from the airport when they got stuck in a pool of water.
Unable to open the car door they were rescued when a local police chief smashed the back window pulling them out.
"It was coming up to the window very quickly," Clark said. "I’m serious when I say we were all in.”
Dash cam video shows police running to the car as fast as they can. The car was 30-40 feet off the road in nearly five feet of water and was just minutes from going under.
You see officers running as fast as they can toward the car then before the police chief uses his baton to break out the back windshield. Three officers then worked together to pull the victims out to safety.
"I can’t tell you how glad you are to see those fire truck lights and people walking toward you,” Clark said. "I knew there wasn't a way for us to get out. The car was moving. It was the most frightening thing."
Hicks was in town visiting from New Jersey. "The police officer pulled me out then pulled her out and they got her on dry land before me," he said.
Police Chief Sean Ford struggled to make his way back to the police cruiser after cutting his hand on glass. Another officer was also hurt. Both are expected to be OK.
The victims were just minutes away from falling off the bridge. Now they're thankful for the officers who put their lives at risk to save theirs.
Late Saturday night into early Sunday morning, a light band of freezing drizzle traversed the I-35 corridor eastward. With sub-freezing temperatures, even the light precipitation created major problems.
A 10-year-old was killed while standing outside a vehicle after the child's family was involved in a fender bender, DPS said.
Austin Police are looking for a missing woman.
APD is responding to a 25 vehicle accident near the 5400 block of Ed Bluestein near Thurgood Ave.
A man is dead after being hit by several vehicles in the eastbound lane of Highway 71 Saturday night.
A representative at the Fayette County Sheriff's office said that Fayette County is effectively shut down due to icy conditions.