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Man credits seatbelt for saving life in scary accident

Dec 26, 2013 - By Katie Roenigk, Staff Writer

A local man says his seatbelt saved his life Tuesday morning when he lost control of his vehicle near Hudson.

John Keller, 75, of Lander, was driving a 2006 Nissan pickup truck at about 8:40 a.m. Tuesday on Wyoming Highway 789 south of Lander when he lost control on ice and left the roadway.

"He went airborne over a ditch underpass, striking the underpass," Wyoming Highway Patrol Lt. Tom Adams said. "(The truck) came to rest on its side."

Keller was wearing his seatbelt at the time, and Adams said the man believes the safety device saved his life.

"I agree," Adams said. "He went 39 feet in the air."

He added that the underpass was about 12 feet high.

An ambulance arrived at the scene and transported Keller back to town, but the man said he didn't want any treatment.

"He signed the form and went away," Adams said.

Keller said he was traveling at about 55 miles per hour at the time of the accident.

"But the road was pretty icy and it wasn't real obvious," Adams said.

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