Vehicle burst into flames, injuring driver, on Christmas Day

Photo courtesy of Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Department.

A Columbus woman was seriously injured after her vehicle burst into flames in a Christmas Day car crash.

62-year-old Debra J. Stephens was driving east on Bartholomew County Road 300S when she ran off the road, through a chain link fence and then hit an embankment along Interstate 65. That was at about 3:30 Tuesday, say Bartholomew County deputies.

A passerby pulled Stephens from the burning vehicle. She was flown to Eskenazi Hospital’s burn unit.