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Flash flood takes DoorDash driver through NJ drainage system

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A DoorDash driver took a harrowing ride through a New Jersey drainage system after getting caught in a flash flood — and survived.

Nathalia Bruno, 24, was making a delivery during a heavy rainstorm when her car got caught in deep waters Monday in Passaic, said local Fire Chief Patrick Trentacost.

The Newark woman was able to escape the vehicle as it began to fill with water, Trentacost said, according to NorthJersey.com.

But strong currents pulled her and the car into the brook that runs below the city.

Rushing waters pushed Bruno for about a mile before she was “shot out” into the Passaic River, said Rutherford Police Chief John Russo.

Bruno was able to swim to the bank of the river and climbed out and into a nearby backyard. The homeowner then called an ambulance which took the woman to St. Mary’s General Hospital in Passaic.

She seemed “stunned” but otherwise didn’t appear injured, Russo said.

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

It wasn’t clear whether Bruno had been released from the hospital by Tuesday. Her car has yet to be recovered.

DoorDash, the food delivery service, confirmed her employment to NorthJersey.com, and said it would offer occupational insurance to help pay her medical bills.

Read More at NYPost

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