As investigators try to figure out what caused a driver to go off a Fort Worth bridge early Friday morning, one of the firefighters who was first on scene recalled the experience.
About half a mile from Fire Station 6, is the place where two men died Friday when a truck crashed through a concrete barrier and plunged into the Trinity River.
“It was completely submerged. We didn’t see anything but the rubble from the bridge,” said Fort Worth firefighter and EMT Jose Monreal.
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He said he heard somebody yelling.
It was a good Samaritan, who jumped in the water to try to help.
A tow truck used cables to haul the truck up.
Two men, identified as Raymundo Luna and Raul Torres-Reyna were found dead inside.
“Our thoughts and prayers go out to their families. I hope they know we did our best out there trying to save them,” Monreal said.
Monreal shied away from the spotlight.
“I don’t think of myself as a hero. I love my job and I like what I do,” he said.
Instead, he praised the team effort -- and the good Samaritan who risked his own life.
“When I found out that it was just a bystander who reacted and jumped in, I thought that was really honorable of him,” Monreal said. “We prepare for the worst and hope for the best. When we go out there, we get into a mentality for being ready for what’s going on.”
Investigators are still looking into what may have caused the crash.