Man Tried to Save Cannon Falls Couple After Crash

Created: 07/05/2014 10:42 PM

(ABC 6 News) -- Oscar Berg grabbed this pocket knife to try to free an elderly woman from an airbag that deployed after a fatal car crash on 65th Avenue in Cannon Falls on Friday afternoon. 

"They took her out and they laid her down. They tried to get her back to life and she died," said Berg. 

Geneva Scott was her name. She was sitting next to her husband, Norman Scott, when they passed away together after slamming into a State Patrol vehicle. 

"They're both from Cannon Falls," said Berg. 

In their obituary's guest book, locals said they will miss seeing the couple every week at the Farmer's Market. 

"Every time you see him he had a joke and I can't tell most of the jokes he told me so, we'll just leave it at that," said local resident Earl Johnson. 

Johnson was talking about Norman, who's also known as "Shorty." Locals said "Shorty" had a green thumb and an incredible love for flowers.

"He'd even have people that were going to have weddings, they would come out to his place and buy flowers to arrange for their weddings," said Johnson. 

Cannon Falls resident Kathy Padrta was also familiar with Norman Scott's popularity with floral gardening.  

"Ask anybody in town, 'I have to get Shorty's dahlias' because that's what he's known for," said Padrta. 

As for Oscar Berg, he did his best to help people he didn't know, but for those who knew the Scotts, the corner of 65th Avenue and County Road 24 will forever be marked in their hearts.