An accident that could have ended tragically Thursday evening saw a Glen Carbon man transported to a hospital with serious injuries. Paul E. Wanda of Glen Carbon apparently fell asleep at the wheel and crashed into a ditch, partially submerging the car in water. Madison County Sheriff's Deputy Timothy Lawrence and off-duty Glen Carbon fireman Steven Slemer are being given much of the credit, along with the original 9-1-1 caller, in saving the life of Wanda.
Madison County Sheriff's Department Captain Will Dimitroff says the call came in at 5:19pm.
There was no indication Wanda was under the influence of drugs or alcohol at the time of the crash, near the intersection of Country Club Road and Bluff Road. That area is just south of the SIU campus near Route 157.