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Flooded road blamed in Ball State student death

FAIRMOUNT, Ind. – Central Indiana police say a Ball State University student died overnight after his car overturned along a flooded roadway.

Grant County Sheriff’s Deputy Danny Jones said 19-year-old Blake A. Taylor of Kokomo was pronounced dead at a local hospital.

Jones said Taylor was heading to the Muncie campus when his car hydroplaned on a flooded portion of Indiana 26 about 11 p.m. Sunday and ended up flipping over into a ditch filled with 4 to 5 feet of water. The sheriff’s office estimates Taylor was in the water for 10 to 12 minutes.

Police broke out one of the car’s windows in an unsuccessful attempt to free Taylor. Officers then used tow straps to pull the car back onto the roadway, which was flooded from heavy weekend rains.

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