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Bedford Man Pinned Under Vehicle After It Rolls Down Embankment
Updated June 16, 2014 10:41 AM | Filed under: Accident
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(NEEDMORE) - A Bedford man was airlifted from the scene after he was pinned underneath a vehicle Saturday.

24-year-old Dustin Ross, complained of pain and suffered two possible broken ankles and bleeding to his face. He was carried to an IU Health Hospital ambulance and was taken to the parking lot of Crossroads Community Church, where he was transferred to an Air Evac helicopter and flown to Methodist Hospital.

According to a Lawrence County Police report, Ross' legs were pinned underneath the vehicle.

Firefighters from Bedford Fire Department and Marshall VFD freed Ross from underneath the 2001 Pontica Bonneville.

The accident occurred at 2:47 a.m. on Old State Road 37 North, 571 feet north of Amick Lane.

Ross told police he "had been by himself, but was not driving the vehicle at the time of the crash" and he didn't know how the vehicle got on top of him.

Ross was given a portable breath test at the scene and tested positive for alcohol.

According to police the driver was traveling south on Old State Road 37 when for an unknown reason the vehicle veered to the west side of the roadway, crossed the northbound lane and ran off the east side of the road. After leaving the road the car turned sideways and rolled down an embankment, striking small trees and brush. The car stopped against a small tree.

Police were unable to determine how many times the car rolled while traveling down the embankment.

The police report notes that skid marks were on the road leading to tire tracks in the grass and brush off the east side of the road. The distance from the start of the skid marks to where the tracks start off the road was 118 feet. The distance on the road from the tire tracks in the grass and brush to where the vehicle came to rest was 154 feet. The distance from the roadway down over the embankment where the vehicle came to rest was about 85 feet.

Police state it is "reasonable to believe" that the driver "was traveling at an unsafe speed, which contributed to the crash."



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