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August 27, 2013

Witness: Man used power drill in suicide attempt on I-69

ANDERSON, Ind. — A man was in critical condition and not expected to survive after a serious accident and apparent suicide attempt that slowed traffic on Interstate 69 on Tuesday.

Earl Morgan III, a 29-year-old from LaPeer, Mich., was taken by ambulance from the site to St. Vincent Anderson Regional Hospital, according to Anderson Police Department spokesman Joel Sandefur. From there, he was flown by medical helicopter to St. Vincent Indianapolis on 86th Street. As of Tuesday night, he was still hospitalized.

Police received a 911 call at about 10:30 a.m. from a witness who saw a 2007 Chevrolet Malibu with Michigan plates drive into a guard rail near the 225 mile marker northbound on I-69. According to the witness, after the car came to a stop, Morgan stepped out of the car, went to the trunk, pulled out a power drill and started drilling his own head behind his right ear.

The incident halted traffic on the interstate for several hours, backing up vehicles for a few miles. Both lanes opened for traffic shortly before 2 p.m.

According to Sandefur, Morgan had recently moved to Indianapolis from Michigan. The motives for his actions are still unknown and under investigation.

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