Car lands in Courtland pond

Published 9:57 am Wednesday, June 29, 2011

A tow truck operator pulls a car from a Highway 35 pond south of Courtland on Saturday. -- DALE LIESCH | TIDEWATER NEWS

COURTLAND—A car ended up partially submerged in a Courtland pond after the driver was reportedly cut off by the driver of a van, according to witnesses.

Virginia State Police investigated the accident at 4:20 p.m. Saturday on Highway 35 about a mile south of Southampton High School. Police had no further details.

Patricia Drake said she was sitting under a nearby tree when she saw the van cut off the car. The driver of the Hyundai Tiburon swerved, and the car hit the ditch before going airborne into the pond.

“The van was less than 100 feet from the car when it turned,” Drake said.

She woke her son, Cody, and urged him to call 9-1-1.

“I bolted across the yard and across the highway and dove into the water,” Cody Drake said.

He broke the driver’s side window to reach the unidentified 59-year-old male driver, who was dazed.

“The driver looked really badly injured,” said Viola Virginia, whose land encompasses part of the pond.

An unidentified 46-year-old woman who was also in the car was not injured, Cody Drake said.

Courtland Volunteer Rescue Squad and Courtland Volunteer Fire Department responded.