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Seymour Man Injured in Fiery Crash Dies

A Seymour man who was severely burned in a crash early Saturday morning has passed away.

The "Seymour Tribune" reports 30-year-old Christopher T. Nichols died Sunday at Wishard Memorial Hospital in Indianapolis.

According to Indiana State Police, troopers along with the Seymour Police Department were instrumental in saving Nichols from his burning car early Saturday morning.

Around 2:30 a.m., Nichols was driving his SUV south on S. O'Brien Street south of New Farmington Road when for unknown reasons his vehicle veered off the right side of the roadway striking a bridge abutment. It then overturned onto its side where it burst into flames becoming fully engulfed.

When Troopers Chris Lockman and Jared Black arrived on the scene, along with Seymour Officers Bart Bevers and Crystal Schapson, they saw Nichols lying less than a foot from the vehicle and his clothing was also burning.

Trooper Lockman grabbed Nichols and was attempting to pull him away from the vehicle, but was having trouble moving him. Tpr. Black grabbed Lockman's gun belt and began to pull Lockman as Lockman continued to pull the victim while the two Seymour officers attempted to protect the troopers and Nichols as they to fought back 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 taken to Schneck Medical Center in Seymour by Jackson County EMS and later airlifted to Wishard for severe burns suffered in the crash.

Last Updated: Tuesday, September 03, 2013 5:01:49 AM

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