Accident victim facing long road to recovery

An Adams County man who survived a recent car accident that tragically killed two local teenagers, is struggling to overcome injuries he sustained in the crash.

Ivan Ward, 73, of West Union, has remained hospitalized since the December accident, and is expected to spend several more months in recovery and rehabilitation. According to his niece, Amber Ward Richards, “My uncle’s injuries were significant, he had a broken leg, a broken hip, a broken rib that led to a collapsed lung, and a seizure due to a ruptured spleen.”

Ward, a retired truck driver, was not charged in the accident. To date, he has had three surgeries, including one to remove his spleen, and is now being treated for a possible infection.

“Dad’s got a long road ahead of him, at least six months to a year,” his daughter, Nancy Ward told the Defender.

Mr. Ward will be housed at the Adams County Manor during his recovery and rehabilitation.

His family has set up a GoFundMe page to help secure funds to pay his growing medical bills. Anyone wishing to donate may do so at A benefit fundraiser is also being planned for a later date.

Ivan Ward of West Union, has been hospitalized since late Dec. 2015. Ward of West Union, has been hospitalized since late Dec. 2015. Submitted photo
Recovery proving long and difficult

By Patricia Beech

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