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Man injured in Thursday rollover

By Brandon Evans | Published Saturday, September 21, 2013

A Decatur man was trapped in his car after it rolled several times and landed upside down Thursday afternoon.

The one-vehicle accident occurred just before 5 p.m. on Farm Road 51 a few miles north of Decatur.

Off Road Rollover

OFF ROAD ROLLOVER – Members of Decatur Fire Department extinguish smoke pouring from a car that rolled north of town of Farm Road 51 Thursday afternoon. Driver and lone occupant Ryan O. Dodson, 26, of Decatur, sustained serious injuries after he crashed into a culvert. Messenger photo by Jimmy Alford

Ryan O. Dodson, 26, was southbound when for unknown reasons he crossed over onto the oncoming lane of traffic, then over-corrected and ran into a metal culvert under a gravel drive.

According to a witness, the vehicle flipped at least three times before it came to a rest on its roof about 20 yards from the road.

“It flipped end-over-end,” said Department of Public Safety Trooper Gary Read.

The hood and roof were crushed, and an empty child seat was tossed from the vehicle, coming to rest in the grass near the wreckage.

After being freed from his car, Dodson was transported by ground ambulance to Denton Regional Hospital. He suffered a head injury in the crash, but it did not appear life-threatening, Read said.

No other vehicles were involved, and Dodson had no passengers in his vehicle.

Decatur Police Department, Decatur Fire Department, Wise County medics and state troopers all responded to the scene.

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