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April 30, 2010

Elwood man dies in one-vehicle accident


ANDERSON — A rural Madison County man died Friday in a one-vehicle accident just north of Elwood on Indiana 37 at around 5:30. p.m., according to Madison County Sheriff Ron Richardson.

Jamie Cassas, 49, of Elwood was within a mile of his home when his 1990 Jeep left the road just north of County Road 1500 North, “struck a culvert, went airborne and flipped at least once before landing on its wheels,” Richardson said.

A large dent in the dirt marked a nearly 75-foot leap that the Jeep took after hitting the culvert. And a trail of belongings, including a couple of bags and the backseat, could be seen next to the smashed tan vehicle.

The roll cage on the driver’s side collapsed on the soft-top, soft-door tan Jeep.

Madison County Coroner Ned Dunnichay determined Cassas died from “blunt forced entry to the head. Dunnichay also determined, according to a spokesman, that no alcohol or drugs were suspected.

Richardson said Cassas was wearing a seatbelt and harness, and was not thrown from the vehicle.

Summittville and Duck Creek fire departments removed Cassas from the wreckage while shielding any on-lookers with a white sheet.

Madison County Emergency Management blocked a one-mile by two-mile radius while Madison County Sheriff’s Department and Elwood police accessed and cleared the scene.

As of late Friday night, the accident was still under investigation, the sheriff said.

Contact Christina M. Wright, 640-4883, christina.wright@

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