By Ontario RichardsonNBC NewsELLISVILLE, Ala. --
Authorities are calling a man a hero after a rescue late Tuesday night.
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It began when Kassie Ford's vehicle plunged into Tallahala Creek after being hit by an 18-wheeler.
Jimmy and Karen Thompson witnessed the crash.
Mr. Thompson immediately jumped into the water and pulled Ford from her submerged car.
The unidentified driver of the 18-wheeler was not injured.