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Brother and sister escape sinking car following accident in Liberty

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LIBERTY, Mo. -- Two Liberty high school teenagers crashed into a fire hydrant on Wednesday afternoon, minutes later their car started to sink into the ground. Luckily no one was hurt, but the teens involved say it was quick thinking that kept them alive.

"This is all crazy to me! I'm actually a pretty good driver. Never got in a wreck or anything," Austin Oard said.

But Wednesday afternoon, that all changed. Austin was in the driver's seat, going southbound on S. Whithers Road, when he said a car traveling northbound started to turn into their lane.

"I don't really know how to explain it, it just happened so fast. Just boom, boom, boom," Austin said.

He turned quickly and crashed into the fire hydrant.

"Next thing I know, water is spraying everywhere. My first reaction is I need to get out of the car, I need to get my sister out of the car," Austin recalled.

He was able to escape and run to his sister.

"Austin came over to my side and he was trying to get me out of the car, so I crawled over," Inez Oard said.

The two both escaped, but then their car started to sink head first further into the ground.

"Probably five, 10 minutes my car was already completely full with water. Water was flowing out of my trunk," Austin said.

His high school buddies were watching from across the street.

"I just saw Austin's car sinking down. I was like, 'oh my, I hope he's alright,'" friend Colby Patterson said.

Austin and Inez at a safe distance watched with the crowd, puzzled at how it all happened.

"We both called our mom," Inez said.

She continued that she's just grateful her brother was behind the wheel and that they're alive.

"If we would've hit the car it would've been a whole different story. It would've been bad," Inez said.

"I'm happy that I'm healthy my sister's healthy, nobody's hurt. Everything's okay," Austin said.

Police say the driver of that other car stayed near the scene. Police say it's possible the driver could face a citation.