Two Indiana State Police (ISP) officers saved the life of a Seymour man early Saturday morning, when his vehicle veered off the right side of the road, struck a bridge abutment and burst into flames.
Around 2:31 a.m., a 2010 Nissan SUV driven by 30-year-old Christopher T. Nichols of Seymour, was southbound on C.R. 850E (S. O'Brien St) south of C.R. 300N (New Farmington Road) when, for unknown reasons, the vehicle left the roadway, overturned and caught fire.
When ISP officers Chris Lockman and Jared Black arrived on the scene, along with Seymour Police Officers Bart Bevers and Crystal Schapson, they saw the driver lying less than a foot from the vehicle. His clothing was on fire. Trooper Lockman grabbed Nichols and was attempting to pull him away from the vehicle but was struggling.
Trooper Black grabbed Lockman's gun belt while Lockman hung on to the victim. The two Seymour officers fought the flames with fire extinguishers.
They managed to get Nichols a safe distance from the vehicle before EMS officials arrived on the scene.
Tpr. Lockman suffered very minor burns during the rescue. Nichols was transported to Schneck Medical Center in Seymour by Jackson County EMS and later air lifted to Wishard Hospital in Indianapolis for severe burns suffered in the crash.
The crash is under investigation.
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