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The Journal Gazette

  • Courtesy: Indiana State Police

  • Courtesy: Indiana State Police

Sunday, September 22, 2019 11:05 am

Leg severed in Cass County crash

The Journal Gazette

Two people were severely injured in a crash Saturday morning in Cass County, about 80 miles southwest of Fort Wayne. 

Indiana State Police said Brady Riley, 19, of Burnettsville, was driving south on County Road 825 West near County Road 250 North around 6:49 a.m., when the car left the road for an unknown reason and drove into a wooded area, hitting several trees. 

Riley was flown to a Fort Wayne hospital with possible broken bones and internal injuries, a statement from state police said. 

The passenger, James Hornback, 21, of Royal Center, was ejected from the car. Hornback's leg was severed below the knee. Before medics arrived, friends of Riley and Hornback used a belt to prevent blood loss from the severed limb. State trooper Chris Miller was the first emergency responder to the scene and also applied a tourniquet to Hornback's leg. The actions of the friends and of the trooper possibly saving Hornback's life, state police said. Hornback was also flown to a Fort Wayne hospital. 

The friends that applied the belt to Hornback's severed leg had gone looking for the two men when they did not return to a campfire as expected, state police said.

The victims were not wearing seatbelts at the time of the crash.