ELLISVILLE, Alabama (WDAM) -- Authorities are calling an Ellisville, Alabama man a hero after a rescue late Tuesday night.

It began when Kassie Ford's vehicle plunged into Tallahala Creek after being hit by an 18-wheeler.

Jimmy and Karen Thompson witnessed the crash.

Mr. Thompson immediately jumped into the water and pulled Ford from her submerged car.

The unidentified driver of the 18-wheeler was not injured.

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