Motorists rescue wreck victims

Staff reports
Several St. Amant residents who responded to a crash Sunday afternoon may have saved the life of an Ascension Parish man by holding him out of the water in a ditch.

ST. AMANT – The quick action of several St. Amant residents may have saved the life of an Ascension Parish resident Sunday around 3 p.m., according to St. Amant Fire Chief James E. LeBlanc.

Three Ascension Parish residents were traveling on Bayou Narcisse Road near Colonial Oaks when the driver lost control, and the vehicle flipped several times before landing in a partially-filled ditch, LeBlanc said.

St. Amant resident John Jenkins, who also had been traveling on Bayou Narcisse, responded seconds after the vehicle came to a rest, he said.

Jenkins and several others – who left the scene before local firefighters could thank them – were able to hold a male passenger’s head above the water so he could breath, the chief said.

The local residents also hooked a tow strap to the wrecked vehicle to pull it out enough to keep the male’s head above water, LeBlanc said.

“It is amazing what this group of St. Amant residents did to keep this man alive, and we cannot thank them enough,” he said.

St. Amant Fire, 7th District Fire, Acadian Ambulance ground and air units, Ascension Parish Sheriff’s deputies and Louisiana State Police responded to the scene.