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Officials credit seat belt use in saving life of Lander man

Jan 10, 2014 - From staff reports

John Keller, of Lander, said he has worn his seat belt since before it was mandated by state law.

His dedication paid off Christmas Eve when he lost control on an icy Wyoming Highway 789 and his vehicle flew 39 feet off the road and landed on its top.

Keller, 75, was driving his 2006 Nissan pickup south of Lander when the crash occurred about 8:40 a.m. Dec. 24.

"I wear my seat belt because it is safe," Keller said. "I was driving down the highway, and my truck left the driving lane. When I corrected it, it was too icy and my truck flipped at about 55 mph."

Keller suffered bruises to his arms, legs and chest from the seat belt in the crash.

Keller is an advocate for seat belt use to his wife, Ramona, his children and his grandchild.

"I'm stiff and sore, but I'll be more cautious after this wreck," Keller said.

Fremont County's seat belt survivor recognition program is sponsored by Injury Prevention Resources, the Wyoming Highway Patrol and the Wyoming Department of Transportation.

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