LOGANSPORT — Even three weeks after his car rolled down a 35-foot ravine on Ind. 25, 16-year-old Travis Palmer can remember every minute of the crash.
But as he sits in his living room, staring ahead and describing how his car shut down July 19, the Logansport teen is already making plans for the week. He suffered broken ribs on the left side of his body, a spleen injury and a collapsed lung, but he’s still going to support his baseball teammates at practice later that night.
Palmer was driving along Ind. 25 near Delphi on the rainy morning of July 19, when he said the power shut down in his car, knocking out the power steering.
He tried to keep his car straight, but over-corrected and flipped over, rolling down the ravine and stopping only as his car hit a tree stump.
The entire way down, Palmer said he was scared and hoping he would survive.
“I was just like please don’t die,” Palmer said. “Please land softly.”
As he crawled out of the car, he heard a construction worker yell “Are you OK?” from the top of the ravine. The anonymous construction worker, who Palmer is still trying to track down to thank, called an ambulance but left the scene after it arrived.
“If he wouldn’t have called, I would have just been laying there waiting for help,” Palmer said.
Once in the ambulance, Palmer received the news that he may have broken his back, and his career as a cross-country runner, baseball and basketball player at Logansport High School flashed before him.
“I won’t be able to play sports ever again,” Palmer said he thought at the time.
But after being taken to the Indiana University Arnett Center in Lafayette and then flown to Riley Children’s Hospital in Indianapolis, Palmer found out that his back wasn’t broken and that his athletic career was not over.