New Jersey woman survives mile-long ride through storm drain

Associated Press

Passaic, N.J. – A New Jersey woman survived a harrowing mile-long ride through a storm drain after flash floods swept her and her car into the drainage system.

Passaic Fire Chief Patrick Trentacost said Nathalia Bruno of Newark attempted to drive through deep and fast-moving water dumped by a powerful storm on July 6 when her car began to fill with water and float.

Nathalia Bruno, 24, of Newark, returns to Passaic, NJ., on Wednesday, July 8, 2020 to see her car in the storm drain.

Bruno, 24, escaped from her vehicle before it filled with water but was pulled into a brook that runs beneath Passaic, the North Jersey Herald reported.

Rutherford Police Chief John Russo said Bruno eventually was “shot out” of the drain into the Passaic River and swam across to the other side of the river.

Nathalia Bruno, 24, of Newark, returns to Passaic, NJ., on Wednesday, July 8, 2020 to see her car in the storm drain. Emergency personnel searched and found a Toyota Prius that was swept away into a canal on Monday July 6, 2020 in Passaic, N.J. Nathalia Bruno survived a mile-long ride through a storm drain after a flash flood swept her and her car into the local drainage system. The car was found on Wednesday.
A canal where a Toyota Prius that was swept away into on Monday July 6, 2020 in Passaic, N.J.

“She was stunned,” Russo said. “She was out of it. In shock. She really didn’t know what happened to her.”

Bruno was taken to a hospital for treatment but was not seriously injured.