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Last updated on Thursday, August 16, 2012
(BIRDSEYE) - A single vehicle accident in Birdseye claimed the life of 62-year-old Billy Chaplin, of West Baden Springs Wednesday morning.
Dubois County Deputies went to the accident on State Road 64 just after 6:30 a.m.
According to police Chaplin was traveling on State Road 64, just east of Birdseye when for some unknown reason drove his 2001 Ford Focus ran off of the road. Chaplin overcorrected which sent his car back off of the right side of the road where it struck a drainage culvert with the left front of his vehicle. After the impact, the vehicle overturned and came to rest in a ditch.
The car caught fire but was quickly extinguished by motorists who stopped to assist. Chaplin was pronounced dead at the scene.
Chaplin was wearing his seatbelt, but according to investigators at the scene, the belt failed to restrain Chaplin due to being inoperable from a previous accident.
An autopsy was planned for this morning to help determine the exact cause of death.
The highway was closed for about 2 hours while the accident was investigated and cleaned up.
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