Source - A DoorDash delivery driver in New Jersey miraculously survived getting caught in a flash flood that sucked her into a three-quarter mile drainage tunnel at up to 40 miles per hour before she was dumped into a river and floated to safety.
Nathalia Bruno, 24, was out making a food delivery on Monday night in Passaic amid torrential rains when she drove her Toyota Prius into a trench of water accumulated on the road ... that pulled her under the vehicle and knocked her phone out of her hand. ...
Bruno was then carried down the roughly 4,000-foot culvert at a rate of 30 to 40 miles per hour, authorities said, as she gasped for air and made repeated unsuccessful attempts to grab the walls of the concrete tunnel.
She was eventually shot out of the culvert and dumped in the Passaic River, where she floated on her back for about 10 minutes before climbing to safety.
Bruno recounted the horrifying ordeal in an interview with the New York Times on Thursday, describing how she was certain she wouldn't make it out of the tunnel alive.
'I thought: "I'm going to die here, I don't want to keep trying,"' Bruno said. 'But then I saw a flash of light. I thought: "I hope it's not God."' ...
She retrieved an order from a Chipotle location in Nutley before driving to Clifton for the drop-off as a storm began dumping two to three inches of rain and large hail stones in the area.
And so 2020 continues to stay its present course. Because if you'll notice, our delivery people weren't be sucked down into storm drains back in the good old days of eight months ago. This is strictly a product of the tear in space and time we currently find ourselves in and can't dig out of. Let's all try to remember this harrowing, nightmarish scenario as we pay tribute to those we need to thank the most in this difficult year.
And I say that not just as someone whose own son is working this summer as a First Responder. By which I mean when you order Domino's in Marshfield, MA, he's the first to respond. I'm just saying this because our food delivery people need to be recognized along with our medical professionals for the heroic work they're going providing care packages of food to the needy, the hungry, and the lazy. They've been out there on the front lines every day during the travel restrictions, selflessly risking traffic accidents, vicious dogs, surly customers and flash floods to keep America in fast food. And they need to be saluted along with all the other heroes.
In 2020, Nathalia Bruno escaped from a DoorDash delivery. All they found of her was a soggy bag of Chipolte and a ruined cell phone. I remember thinking it would take a woman six hundred years to float through the Passaic storm drain system. Old Nathalie did it in less than 10 minutes. Nathalie floated to freedom through 4,000 feet of shit smelling foulness I can't even imagine, or maybe I just don't want to. 4,000 feet... that's the length of 13 football fields, just shy of 4/5ths of a mile. I hope I can make it across the border to New Jersey someday. I hope to see Nathalia Bruno and shake her hand. I hope the Passaic River is as blue as it has been in my dreams. I hope.