Quick-Thinking Grafton Man Pulls Woman From Sinking Car

Quick-Thinking Grafton Man Pulls Woman From Sinking Car

GRAFTON, MA—A passenger in a car that ended up in a Grafton river is safe after the quick-thinking kindness and response of a passerby. 

On Friday around 9:57 p.m., Grafton fire and EMS got a call to Worcester Street and Wheeler Road, where a car had slid on some black ice and into a river. Both the driver and passenger were out of the vehicle when emergency teams arrived. 

Police found that Chris Etre of Grafton happened to be driving by and saw the crash. He stopped, got into the water and broke the rear window to help the female passenger escape before the vehicle became fully submerged. The male driver had already gotten out of the car. 

There were no injuries, but both the driver and passenger were transported to UMass for evaluation. 


The Grafton Police Department wants to recognize and commend Chris Etre for his actions and quick response during this incident,” said Grafton police in a statement. “Without his rapid intervention, the outcome could have been tragic.”

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