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Driver suffers burns in crash

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LINDEN — A Linden man was airlifted to Indianapolis on Wednesday following a single-vehicle crash at County Roads 1000N and 100W.

Shortly before 10 p.m., sheriff’s deputies were notified of a vehicle on fire one mile west of Linden with a person believed to be inside.

However, the driver, Jeremiah Watt, 39, managed to escape the flames and exited the vehicle before first responders arrived.

Watt suffered burns to both legs and was airlifted to Sidney & Lois Eskenazi Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

It is unknown at this time why Watt’s vehicle diverted into the ditch, Montgomery County Deputy Matt McCarty said.

Authorities investigating the scene determined Watt’s 2005 Dodge Dakota was traveling westbound on C.R. 1000N before it exited the roadway. The vehicle continued to travel westbound in the ditch before striking riprap rock, causing the vehicle to go airborne before landing back onto the roadway,” McCarty said.

“After landing back on the road, the vehicle slid around and came to a stop off of the roadway and the vehicle proceeded to catch fire,” McCarty said.

No other injuries were reported in the crash.

Deputies were assisted by the Indiana State Police, Waynetown Police, Madison Township Volunteer Fire, Coal Creek Volunteer Fire and S.T.A.R. Ambulance Service.

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