Freetown man dies in southwest Lawrence County crash

A Jackson County man died when his sport utility vehicle careened into a ditch and struck a tree Tuesday night in southwest Lawrence County.

Stephen L. Springer, 48, of West County Road 300N, Freetown, suffered internal injuries, according to a Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department report filed by Officer Jordan Wheelock.

When Bedford Fire Department was called at 7:39 p.m. following the accident, it was reported that Springer was still alive, The Times-Mail of Bedford reported. Once firefighters arrived, however, a Seals Ambulance Service crew said that Springer had died but that extrication tools were still needed to free him from the wreckage.

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