Good Samaritans try to save man in fatal accident

An elderly Maryville man has been killed in an accident in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

According to spokesperson Dana Soehn, rangers responded to a two vehicle accident just before 3:00 pm Thursday on Little River Road, 3 miles east of the Wye.

The vehicle 83-year-old Frank Lohmann was driving flipped over and landed in the river. The car was submerged when rescue crews arrived.

Several witnesses tried to save the Maryville resident. One such person was Henry Funcia who was in town on vacation.

He said they tried to flip Lohmann car, but it was too hard to do in the cold water.

So, eventually, Funcia and others got Lohmann out through the car's front door. But, by then, it was too late.

"I think he was passed by then," Funcia said.

He said he was hopeful Lohmann knew he and other tried to do their best to save him.

"I just want him to know that we were here," he said.

Brett Adams, 34, of Louisville, was driving the other vehicle involved in the crash. He was cited for driving without insurance and unsafe operation of a vehicle.

In addition to Park Rangers, emergency crews from Blount County responded to the accident.


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