ROCHESTER, Ind. (AP) - Indiana conservation officers say a northern Indiana
man has died in a snowmobile accident.
Officers say friends found the body of 51-year-old James Downs III of
Rochester about 6 a.m. Sunday on a frozen lake in the city about 40 miles
south of South Bend. He had been snowmobiling alone a few hours earlier.
Officers say they believe Downs was approaching the lake’s shoreline and
turned too sharply, throwing him from the sled. He was found pinned under
The accident was one of several causing injury in Indiana over the weekend.
On Sunday Travis Eppert, 41, of Goshen sustained rib fractures and internal
injuries. Eppert was driving a snowmobile with passenger, Stacey Callahan,
43, of Goshen when he drove into a snowbank with enough speed to cause the
snowmobile to go airborne, the DNR said.
When the machine hit the ground it caused Epperts’ chest to slam into the
handlebars. He sustained rib fractures and internal injuries. Epperts was
illegally on Norfolk Southern Rail Road property when he crashed, officers
DNR officers also investigated a snowmobile accident in Dearborn County
Saturday. Jessica M. Sellers, 34, of Cincinnati was driving a snowmobile at
Country View Golf when the accident occurred, the DNR said. When she
attempted to cross a concrete bridge on the golf course she lost control
while maneuvering down a slope and hit the bridge. The snowmobile rolled
over pinning her beneath it.
Sellers was transported by EMS to Dearborn County Hospital and later
transferred to University of Cincinnati medical center.