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Brothers Talk About Frightening Ride Through Mill Creek Tube

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Two brothers who took an unexpected ride through the Mill Creek talked about their ordeal with 12News Lisa Adams.  They know better than anyone just how fortunate they are to be alive and not seriously hurt after rushing water swept them down the tube that carries the creek under the city of Erie to Presque Isle Bay.
 
Darryl Allen, age 11 and  his brother 14-year-old Christopher Hearn talked about the incident in hopes that other kids will hear and understand the dangers of playing around near the mouth of the Mill Creek tube.
   
On Sunday evening the brothers and their friend Austin, were in the area behind Alfees Pizza on Glenwood Park Avenue, where a steep sluice flows into the enclosed tube. Erie had received over an inch of rain, but the boys didn't understand the power of the water.

"Well me and my brother were going toward the tunnel and the water started pulling us and then we was trying to find something to grab onto,"  said Christopher.  "Me and my friend we grabbed on...but he (Darryl) kept going so I jumped for him and we went the whole way, we was yelling my friend's name, it was just a terrifying moment for me and my little brother."Darryl would only say it was an experience he doesn't want to repeat.  "Look, I was scared...I don't want to go through that again, all i got to say," said Darryl.

 A neighbor heard the screams for help and called 9-1-1.  Erie police and fire crews responded to both the mouth of the tube and the wastewater treatment plant where Mill Creek washes into the bay.  That's where the boys came out, scraped up, cold, scared...but okay. The area is posted for no swimming but the boys weren't swimming. Police say they will not be filing any charges.
 
Neighbors along the creek have seen this happen before. Tammy Dillen doesn't think anything can be done to make the spot safer.  "There's really nothing...just parents telling kids to stay away from the creek, that the current is strong," said Dillen.  "People talk about adding a fence but it would just catch debris and cause more flooding than there already is down there."

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