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Man tries to save elderly woman who crashed into lake

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Published: Sep. 5, 2018 at 12:28 PM EDT
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A deadly two vehicle accident in Kingston resulted in one death after a car crash into Watts Bar lake, officials tell WVLT.

The accident occurred near Kingston City Park. According to witnesses, one car went over two curbs and through a parking lot before landing 20 feet into the lake.

THP reported that the vehicle that went into the lake, a Ford sedan, was traveling east on Highway 70 as the other vehicle involved in the crash, a Buick sedan, was traveling west.

The Ford tried to turn left onto Patton Lane in front of the Buick, and the Buick hit the Ford. The Ford went off the roadway and into Watt's Bar Lake.

People on scene went into the water to help.

One of the rescuers, Aaron Acosta, described the scene, "I pulled in, and I saw the vehicle upright." Acosta told WVLT he had recently left an emergency preparedness class before he came upon the scene.

"A couple of people were panicky, and I just asked if they needed help, and they said yes, that they thought someone might be still in the vehicle," he told WVLT.

"We jumped into the water, like some other guys, and that's what our natural instincts tell us to do," he continued.

Despite the attempts, the driver of the Ford, identified as 96-year-old Josephine Farr, was killed. The driver of the Buick was injured as well as a passenger.

"It didn't go as planned," Acosta said, "We did all we could."

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