Charlotte firefighters freed a man who was trapped in a car when it went into a pond early Thursday in north Charlotte, authorities say.
A woman who was driving the vehicle had to run to a nearby house to get help, according to police.
Authorities say the woman apparently lost control of the car about 1:45 a.m. in the 3900 block of Merlane Drive, off West Sugar Creek Road. The car went off the road, overturned, and landed in a small pond, becoming partially submerged.
The driver was able to free herself from the vehicle and get help. Charlotte-Mecklenburg police and Charlotte firefighters arrived a short time later.
A spokesman for Charlotte Fire Department said a crew of 18 firefighters was able to free the trapped male passenger in about 20 minutes.
Kristin Young, a spokeswoman for Medic, said the passenger was taken to Carolinas Medical Center with life-threatening injuries. The driver was taken to CMC-University with injuries described as non-life-threatening.
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