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Shiloh man hurt after car plunges down embankment, overturns

A vehicle with New Hampshire plates overturned on Hartman Lane Wednesday afternoon and traveled down a large embankment, coming to rest on its roof near the treeline.
A vehicle with New Hampshire plates overturned on Hartman Lane Wednesday afternoon and traveled down a large embankment, coming to rest on its roof near the treeline. News-Democrat

The 46-year-old Shiloh driver involved in a one-car accident in the 1000 block of Hartman Lane in O’Fallon Wednesday afternoon has been identified as Bruce T. Combs.

O’Fallon Police said they are continuing to investigate what may have caused the middle-aged driver whose vehicle landed upside down, 200 feet down an embankment of Hartman Lane.

The driver was not ticketed for the accident, and no charges are expected at this time, according to O’Fallon Police Officer Mike Mojzis.

“There are no pending charges for the driver; however, the information will be submitted to the Secretary of State for a driver’s re-examination,” Mojzis said.

According to St. Clair County Circuit Clerk records, Combs has a pending court appearance for improper traffic lane usage on June 9 in Shiloh.

The vehicle involved was a red Ford Focus and was confirmed by Mojzis as being a rental car with New Hampshire license plates.

“We are still looking into whether or not there was a medical condition that may have contributed to the incident,” Mojzis said. “I believe he was sent to a Belleville area hospital, but not sure at this time.”

The accident occurred north of Frank Scott Parkway around 4:20 p.m. Wednesday.

“I don’t really know at this time why the accident occurred. None of the drivers or other motorists who witnessed the accident reported anything unusual,” Mojzis said. “Basically what the witnesses stated was the vehicle just kind of veered off onto the side of the road. It was going northbound on Hartman, veered off to the left and crossed over the oncoming (southbound) lane of traffic, went down that hill and it actually entered the woods, bounced, overturned and landed on the roof.”

With the help of witnesses, Combs was able to exit the vehicle prior to first responders being on the scene and was its only occupant. O’Fallon Emergency Medical Services transported Combs to a local hospital.

The accident report is not complete at this time by Officer Kirk Hancock, Mojzis said, leaving police unable to comment at this time on an exact cause of the accident.

Combs has various charges that were either dismissed or closed following the end of court supervision for improper traffic violations and driving under the influence of drugs dating back to 2002, as well as a DUI with a child passenger in 2006, according to court records.

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