According to a report in the Knoxville News Sentinel the muddy, cold water was quickly filling the car that had flipped upside down in Whites Creek in North Knoxville. The head of the 77-year-old woman driver already was half in the water.
Although the people who rushed to the aid of the trapped driver were hesitant to move her for fear of causing more harm, they knew they had to act.
"The car was filling with water," said 32-year-old Vincent Parent. "She was cold. She was mumbling. I think she was in shock."
Witnesses saw the Chevrolet flip off the bridge over Whites Creek on Beverly Road and land in the 4-foot-deep water about 8:25 a.m. At least six people flocked to the aid of the driver, Martha Cook, of Knoxville.
Parent, who was accompanied by co-workers, Jordan Martin, 24, of Maryville, and Darryn Henry, 23, of Madisonville, grabbed a work tool, jumped into the heavily flowing creek, and busted the rear window of the car.
Inside the car, he found Cook trapped, her leg twisted around the steering wheel
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