Matt Reum, Indiana crash victim stuck for days under I-94, says rainwater helped keep him alive

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Wednesday, February 7, 2024
IN crash victim stuck for days says rainwater helped keep him alive
Matt Reum, who was rescued from his crashed car after being trapped for nearly a week under I-94 near Portage, has been released from the hospital.

PORTER COUNTY, Ind. (WLS) -- Matt Reum is speaking out after being released from the hospital last month.

The 27-year-old welder, who lives near South Bend, survived nearly a week in the cold in December.

He said he was driving home from work when he crashed along a creek beneath I-94 in Porter County.

"I see a pair of what looks like deer's eyes in the middle of the road, and I swerve onto the shoulder and I go to swerve back onto the highway, and by then, the guardrail had already popped up," Reum said.

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Two fishermen found Reum on Dec. 26, six days after that crash, pinned inside his mangled pickup truck.

He said the rain that fell during that time helped to keep him alive.

"I take kinda that visor that covers up the sunshade, and I can kind of put a bend into it where that'll just funnel all the water," Reum said. "And then, drink the water through the sweatpants, trying to filter out any kind of the debris or anything like that."

Doctors had to amputate part of Reum's leg, but he has kept a positive attitude through his entire ordeal.

He now plans to write a book, become a motivational speaker, and eventually return to his love of running.

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