6 migrant beekeepers rescue Texas teen from creek

Six migrant beekeepers from Mexico helped pull a Texas teen from a swollen creek after a car accident, KHOU reported.

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A 17-year-old girl was injured Monday when the car she was in crashed through a guardrail and off a bridge, landing with its top down into a creek in Alvin, the television station reported. It is unclear whether the teen was driving the vehicle.

The beekeepers are migrant workers for the Stroope Honey Farms in Pearland. All six have work visas, KHOU reported.

The migrants -- Arturo Moncada Espinosa, Arturo Moncada Acosta, Luis David Toscano Chavez, Eddberto Barron, Omar Zamora Nunez and Cesar Perez Chavez -- were transporting dozens of hives in their trucks when they were flagged down by Ashley Ortiz, the television station reported.

Ortiz's 15-year-old son and another person jumped into the creek and tried to flip the car. When Ortiz flagged down the beekeepers, four scrambled into the water while the other two unloaded a forklift, KHOU reported.

“They knew the guys were struggling, trying to get the car over on its side, but they knew they didn’t have the muscle to do it,” Jerry Stroope, owner of the honey farm, told the television station. “So, they just got the forklift and toe strap, they hooked onto the car and pulled it over. Instantly, they were able to get her out in seconds.”

A nurse who had arrived on the scene performed CPR on the girl, who was taken to a Houston hospital, KHOU reported.

“You’re not thinking nothing,” Barron told the television station. “You’re thinking, 'I’m trying to save this life.'”

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