Eight people were taken to hospitals on Sunday after the crash at the Highway 90 bridge left a car hanging from the railing, authorities said. All eight have been released from hospitals and are doing well, Ryan Whittington, a firefighter and nurse with the Ocean City Fire Department, told CNN on Monday.
Whittington said the man who saved the toddler chose not to be named publicly. Firefighters call him “the humble hero” for his rescue.
The man was driving on the bridge and his car was also involved in the crash, Whittington said. The drivers were pointing towards Assawoman Bay, where he saw the young girl lying in the water, face down.
âHe just jumped into the action,â Whittington said, adding that the water in that area was about 5 feet deep and the jump was over 25 feet.
“He saved a 23 month old child. There’s no doubt in our mind that if he hadn’t done what he did when he did, we would have a different title for this story,” Whittington said.
The girl and man were rescued by boaters in the bay, Whittington told CNN.
Rob Korb, a life member of the Ocean City Fire Department and a senior deputy fire marshal for Worcester County, told CNN he “tripped” over the incident while shopping .
âThe real hero in this situation is the Good Samaritan who jumped in to bring rescue measures to the child. I would like to shake his hand or buy him a beer or both someday,â Korb said.
Firefighters were able to secure the vehicle with rescue tools and paramedics treated several patients, firefighters said in the statement.
Seven people were taken by land to local hospitals while the child was airlifted to Johns Hopkins Children’s Hospital, the department said.
Authorities are now investigating the cause of the crash, firefighters said.
âFor as many tragedies that you see out there, the result has really been a success,â Whittington said. “It was a very lucky day for many people who have suffered traumatic injuries.”
CNN’s Artemis Moshtaghian contributed to this report.