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Cars crash into canal near Sawgrass Elementary in St. Pete

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Five people were injured in a car crash near Sawgrass Elementary School in St. Petersburg Tuesday afternoon.

Two cars ended up partially submerged in a canal.

The quick actions of a retired firefighter may have saved their lives.

The chain-reaction crash happened near 1735 77th Avenue North.

Police say a woman driving a gold Tahoe with four kids inside caused the accident that ultimately involved four other cars.

Retired firefighter Rich Aikman dropped everything and jumped into the water to help.

"It's part of the job, we jump in the water, that's what we gotta do… that's what you're supposed to do," Aikman said.

At least two children were in one of the cars; one child was unconscious and required CPR, police said.

Michelle Yocum stepped in and administered CPR.

"He wasn't breathing, so I blew into his mouth and nothing happened," she said.  "I moved his neck and he started coughing and crying."

The driver of the Tahoe is expected to face charges.


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