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IROQUOIS COUNTY MAN DIES IN A SINGLE CAR CRASH

Stevie A. Chapman, of Loda, died in a single-vehicle crash Saturday, according to an Iroquois County Sheriff’s news release.

The crash occurred on Iroquois County Road 200 North Road near 120 East Road in Loda.

According to police reports, a 2007 Jeep Wrangler driven by Chapman was traveling east in 200 North Road when he entered the westbound lane of traffic. Chapman then overcorrected back to the eastbound lane and briefly entered the south ditch.

The 68-year-old Chapman then overcorrected again, reentering the westbound lane of traffic, before leaving the road and driving into Bayles Lake. Upon entering the lake, Chapman’s vehicle became submerged under water several yards from the shore, the police reports said.

Two passing motorists entered the lake and swam to Chapman’s vehicle.

Members of the Loda Fire Department removed Chapman’s body after it had been submerged for approximately 20 minutes. Chapman was transported to Gibson Area Hospital where he was later pronounced dead, the police report said.

The crash remains under investigation.

The Iroquois County Sheriff’s Department was assisted by Loda Fire, Buckley Fire, Gibson EMS and Buckley EMS.

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