CARBONDALE, Ill. (KMOX) — A coroner says two college students found submerged in a southern Illinois lake apparently died trying to escape the vehicle as it sank.

Jackson County Coroner Tom Kupferer tells WSIL-TV that three other occupants in the car managed to make their way to safety after the accident shortly after 3 a.m. Saturday at Cedar Lake.

Those survivors told Kupferer that 20-year-old Marielle Carson and 21-year-old Latisha Ray survived the crash’s impact. The coroner says the locations of their bodies in the car suggest they were trying to flee.

Those victims were from the Chicago area and attending John A. Logan College.

Kupferer says visibility at the time of the crash was poor on the road slopes sharply into a boat ramp.

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