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Boy saves father trapped in Fitchburg wreck

Wades ashore after car goes into river

FITCHBURG — The car his father was driving had just crashed, barreling through a guardrail and into the Nashua River. It left the road at such speed that it flew some 30 feet off the embankment, somehow coming to rest on a sandbar on the far side of the river, fire officials said.

The vehicle was upside down, and his father was trapped in the wreckage. It was the middle of the night. But Joshua Garcia, all of 8, knew what he had to do.

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