Off duty bus driver saves woman from car sinking in canal

YUMA, Ariz. – School bus driver by day, and on Friday, Adam Reyes was also a life saver.

“Everything happened in less than half a second,” Adam said.

On Friday evening, his wife Rebeca captured cell phone video showing an SUV submerged in a swiftly moving canal near 8th Street and Alicia Avenue. The couple had driven by moments earlier as the vehicle began to sink.

“Right away, I parked and asked my wife to call 911, and I just dive in,” he described.

Adam said he pulled the woman out through an open window.

He said, “The lady felt that I was there; she was kinda almost choking me. Her arms were around my neck.”

Even with the strong current, he somehow managed to swim both of them back to dry land. By that time, the car was completely under water. The woman was crying so uncontrollably Adam never got a chance to even speak with her.

“She was in shock. She wasn’t able to talk to no one. The deputy that arrived, the first one, wasn’t able to get a phone number, because she just couldn’t,” Adam said.

Adam said he would not consider himself a hero, but his wife may tell you differently.

“‘(reporter) Are you proud of your husband?’ Yes, I’m proud,” Rebeca replied.

Adam and Rebecca said they hope to meet the woman Adam pulled from the canal.

We are told she went to the hospital for an examination but is okay.

About The Author

Eduardo Santiago joined the FOX 9 and ABC 5 news team in February, 2012. That’s the same year KECY launched its very first local newscast. He has been covering local news in Yuma and the Imperial Valley since his start as a KYMA photojournalist in 2006. During his decade in broadcasting, Eduardo has covered some of the biggest stories in the Desert Southwest – from President Bush’s visit to Yuma, Ariz. to the uncovering of drug tunnels that span the US-Mexico border. One of the most memorable stories Eduardo covered was the 2010 Easter Earthquake that rocked the Imperial Valley, Mexicali, and Yuma. Eduardo, along with his news team, won an award from the Associated Press for best coverage of an ongoing story following the quake. Before he made his move to TV, Eduardo was just a kid born in East Los Angeles, where he spent his early childhood. His parents moved him to Mexicali, B.C. Mexico, where he did most of his elementary school education. He finally landed in El Centro, where he graduated from Central Union High School in 2005. Eduardo is currently a student at Imperial Valley College. You can find Eduardo hanging out in the Imperial Valley and Yuma with his family on any given weekend. His off-screen passion is playing guitar and sports.

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