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A 42-year-old South Bend man was badly hurt in a rollover crash Tuesday morning in Noble County, according to the sheriff’s department.

About 8:20 a.m., Richard Esmont was driving south in a 2006 Chrysler PT Cruiser on U.S. 33, south of Chain O’Lakes State Park, when the car went off the road for an unknown reason, the sheriff’s department said.

The car rolled over at least once before coming to rest on the driver’s side. Firefighters removed Esmont from the car, and he was flown to Parkview Regional Medical Center in Fort Wayne.

The sheriff’s department said Esmont suffered cuts to his face and complained of chest pain. He was in critical condition Tuesday afternoon, hospital staff said.