Identity released of woman rescued from burning car

Identity released of woman rescued from burning car by Good Samaritan

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KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Officials have identified the woman saved from a burning car in South Knox County over the weekend.

An accident report from the Knox County Sheriff's Office indicates Tonya Watson, 41, was driving southbound around 2:20 p.m. Sunday on Kimberlin Heights Road when she hydroplaned.

Her 2005 Subaru Baja then left the roadway, overturned, struck a tree and caught on fire.

Dustin Brackins, 31, of Seymour, told officers he saw the crashed car and noticed Watson was pinned inside between the dashboard and the windshield.

He then retrieved a tire iron and broke through the passenger side window to get Watson out. With the help of other witnesses, Brackins then moved Watson away from the car. Brackins then noticed the vehicle had gone up in flames.

Watson was taken to UT Medical Center for possible injuries. Watson told officers she had consumed one glass of wine earlier in the day.

The report says Watson was driving too fast for the wet conditions.

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