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90-year-old man dies after car goes in Kearney lake

90-year-old man dies after car goes in Kearney lake

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Cottonmill Lake submerged car

Rescuers respond at Kearney’s Cottonmill Lake on Wednesday after a car entered the water. Donald Corneer, 90, died. His 87-year-old wife survived.

KEARNEY, Neb. — A 90-year-old man died after the car he was driving went into the lake at a Kearney park Wednesday afternoon.

At 2:58 p.m., Kearney emergency personnel responded to a report of a vehicle entering the lake at Cottonmill Park, according to a Facebook post from the Kearney Police Department. The vehicle, a Chevrolet Impala, became submerged with two people inside.

The driver of the Impala, Donald Corneer, died. His 87-year-old wife was able to exit the car and was rescued by a bystander, police said.

The wife was not further identified. She was taken to a Kearney hospital.

The Kearney Volunteer Fire Department dive team responded to the scene, along with AirCare, the Buffalo County Sheriff’s Office, the Nebraska State Patrol and Good Samaritan Hospital.

The Kearney Hub contributed to this report.

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