Three Palisade High School students on their way to school Thursday morning were forced to swim to safety when the car they were in crashed into a canal. According to the Colorado State Patrol, 16–year–old Chad Harris was allegedly speeding down Grand Valley Canal Road along with his younger brother and a female classmate.
As the road curved it turned into gravel causing the Toyota to spin and crash into the canal. As the front of the car became submerged the driver was able to open his door and hold it open with his foot so the girl in the backseat could escape. Harris's younger brother in the passenger seat was also able to open his door and the three swam to safety.
A dive team and a tow truck were called in to remove the car from the seven foot deep canal. No one was injured in the accident, but the car is a total loss.
Harris received a ticket for careless driving.
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