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February 9, 2013

Sheriff: Man lucky to be alive after serious wreck

ELWOOD, Ind. — A man injured in a one-vehicle wreck late Friday is lucky to be alive, according to authorities.

Chad T. Bowman, 35, of Marion, was driving south to his sister’s house in Elwood just before midnight on Indiana 37 near County Road 1700 North when the Chevrolet Venture Van he was operating crossed the center line and left the road, said Madison County Sheriff Ron Richardson.

The vehicle traveled approximately 375 feet before striking a tree.

Rescue crews arrived shortly after and found Bowman trapped in the wreckage. After being extracted from the van, Bowman was airlifted to Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis.

Bowman is listed in stable condition with head and internal injuries at Methodist, Richardson said Saturday evening.

The collision largely disintegrated the frame of the van, Richardson said.

“It was so bad it tore up the entire front passenger compartment,” Richardson said. “When we looked at it, we determined that if there had been a passenger in the vehicle, they wouldn’t have made it.”

After talking to relatives, Richardson said he believes Bowman was heading to his sister’s house after a conversation with his brother-in-law earlier in the night.

The reason the van left the road is still unknown, Richardson said, and the investigation is ongoing.

Assisting at the scene were Alexandria medics, Summitville Fire and Ambulance, Duck Creek Fire Department and members of the Madison County Emergency Management Agency.

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