For three days, Kevin Bell was trapped inside the wreckage of a crash with the body of his dead girlfriend, according to police.
Shortly after 5 p.m. on Tuesday, officers responded to a crash on U.S. Route 50 near the Jennings-Ripley County line in southeast Indiana, according to Indiana State Police.
There they found Bell, 39, of Dover, Pennsylvania, who had crawled up a 70 to 75-foot ravine from the crash site with injuries to his legs and a bag of belongings, including two 14-pound bowling balls, according to the York Daily Record. Officers also located a 1999 Ford Explorer off the road with the body of Nikki Reed, 37, of Seymour, Indiana, inside.
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However, the facts of the crash and the days thereafter are not adding up for Reed's family because both Reed and Bell had cell phones on their person, according to LEX18.com. Bell reportedly texted a friend but did not call 911.
The crash occurred on Saturday, investigators said, when Bell lost control of the SUV and ran off the road into an embankment, striking a tree head on. Reed died instantly in the crash, police said, and Bell's legs were so badly damaged that he wasn't able to leave the car, which was not visible from the road, until Tuesday.
Reed's family reported both her and Bell missing on Sunday when they hadn't heard from the two in more than a day, police said. Reed made a trip to Pennsylvania to pick Bell up and they were returning to Reed's home to celebrate her son's birthday when the crash occurred, according to WAVE.
Bell was taken with non-life threatening injuries to a hospital in North Vernon, Indiana.
The investigation into the crash is ongoing.