Flipped into Ditch, Paragould Man Credits Passers-By with Rescue

NOVEMBER 20, 2006 - Posted at 7:46 a.m. CST

PARAGOULD, AR - Truman Holland of Paragould says he owes his life to a man who pulled Holland out of his car as it rested upside down in a water-filled ditch.  Holland was traveling on Arkansas 69 in Greene County on November 6 when he lost control of his vehicle and it veered off the road and flipped into the ditch.

He said the car was fast filling up with water and had become a death trap.  Holland recalled that he had little hope of survival.

But Stephen Rodden and John Phillips, employees of MFA Propane, stopped the truck they were driving, and Rodden says he saw that the man trapped inside the overturned car was in grave danger.  So Rodden got down into the ditch, opened the door of Holland's car and pulled him out.

Holland says he didn't think he could have lasted much longer.

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