NEW ORLEANS — Two people — the driver of an automobile and a would-be rescuer — died after the car plunged into water at a restaurant overlooking Louisiana’s Lake Pontchartrain.

The accident happened Tuesday night in New Orleans. The driver died after being pulled from the submerged car. A passenger was hospitalized in stable condition.

A body was pulled from the water Wednesday afternoon. New Orleans media reported that it was 50-year-old Frank Williams, a restaurant employee.

Williams was one of four people who, police said, helped pull two men out of a submerged car when it went into the water. Police said the unidentified man who drove the car was pronounced dead at a local hospital.

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