Photographer Terry Ingram was out in Bellevue on Saturday afternoon taking photos of eagles when a white car flew past him.
“The car just came right in front of me,” he said.
According to the Sarpy County Sheriff’s Office, three men were heading north on Harlan Lewis Road when the driver lost control when crossing the railroad tracks.
“They hit the fire hydrant, and I don’t think they even touched the ground,” said Ingram. “They were already airborne.”
The car broke through the frozen water. Immediately, Ingram knew the men needed to be helped.
“I got out of the car and called 911,” said Ingram. “I looked down, and they were turned upside down.”
He ran quickly into the ice-cold water.
“I panicked when I heard the guy’s voice. ‘Get me out, it’s filling full of water,'” said Ingram. “Once I pulled the door open, the water started going in, and he was coming out. Just seeing those bodies there, I thought they were gone.”
Ingram alone pulled the three men out of the car.
Two of them were taken to Nebraska Medicine with non-life-threatening injuries.
Later in the day, Ingram saw a post in a Bellevue community Facebook group from one of the men’s mothers.
“She said, ‘To the gentleman that saved my son, thank you,'” he said.
Ingram said he’ll now look back at the pictures taken that day and be thankful the timing was just right.
“God puts people places for a reason. I think he told me my camera’s dead, go up there and wait,” he said.
Ingram said he hopes to meet up with the three men to see how they’re doing.
Deputies said two of the men are 19. The age of the third man is unknown.