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Elwood pastor killed, two others injured in Madison County crash

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Posted at 1:18 PM, Aug 19, 2021
and last updated 2021-08-19 21:15:23-04

ELWOOD — An Elwood pastor died and two others were taken to the hospital after a crash involving a tractor trailer and SUV Thursday morning.

The crash happened at the intersection of State Roads 37 and 128 around 10:30 a.m.

The Madison County Sheriff's Office says Benjamin Capshaw, 41, of Elwood was driving the SUV northbound and the tractor trailer, driven by Frank Powers, 43, of Cicero, was traveling southbound.

Witnesses told deputies the SUV turned across the center line and collided with the trailer, and both vehicles caught fire.

Capshaw died at the scene.

In a Facebook post, the City of Elwood said Capshaw, a pastor, always put the needs – especially the spiritual needs – of others in front of his own.

"In our greatest times of need, Pastor Ben was always there. In our greatest times of joy, Pastor Ben was always there. His faith was fiercely strong, and his commitment and love for our city, especially our youth was evident in his words and actions," the post read. "He reminded us to trust in the Lord and right now, we need to do just that."

The crash is still under investigation.