Ind. police, troopers save life of crash victim

Ind. police, troopers save life of crash victim

Ind. police, troopers save life of crash victim

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by Kathryn Galle

WHAS11.com

Posted on August 31, 2013 at 11:24 AM

Updated Sunday, Sep 1 at 10:10 AM

JACKSON CO. Ind. (WHAS11) -- Quick action from two Seymour, Ind. police officers and two troopers saved a man from a burning vehicle Saturday morning.

Police said Christopher T. Nichols, 30, was driving a 2010 Nissan SUV southbound on County Road 850 when his vehicle veered off the side of the road and struck a bridge. The SUV flipped onto its side and burst into flames.

Troopers Chris Lockman and Jared Black arrived on the scene with Seymour Police Officers Bart Bevers and Crystal Schapson to find the vehicle completely engulfed in flames. Reports say the driver was lying about a foot away from the wreckage and his clothing was burning.

Police said Trooper Lockman grabbed Nichols and attempted to pull him away from the fire. Trooper Black grabbed Lockman's belt and pulled to help Lockman drag the victim out of harm's way while the other officers fought the flames with an extinguisher.

The troopers managed to get Nichols a safe distance away from the flames before EMS arrived. Nichols was then transferred to Schneck Medical Center in Seymour.

Trooper Lockman suffered minor burns during the rescue. No other patient information has been released at this time.

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