Early Morning Crash Leaves Lawrence County Man Dead, One Transported to Hospital

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Lyons  – Just after 6:00 o’clock this morning, a crash occurred on State Road 67 near County Road 700 West. A 2005 Dodge van, was travelling southwest on State Road 67 approaching a 2001 Freightliner tractor trailer combination loaded with coal, travelling northeast.

For reasons unknown, the Dodge van traveled left of center and sideswiped the semi tractor. After initial contact was made, the van continued striking the left tandem axles of the trailer. After the collision, the van spun partially off the highway before coming to final rest. The semi came to a stop with the trailer partially blocking the southbound lane of State Road 67.

The Dodge van was driven by Dakota L. Burnette, 26, of Oolitic, who was pronounced dead at the scene. Burnette’s family has been notified. A passenger in his vehicle was taken via Greene County Ambulance to Greene County General Hospital to be treated for his injuries.

The driver of the semi, Timothy D. Stines, 44 of Bedford was uninjured.

Agencies assisting at the scene were the Greene County Sheriff’s Department, Lyons Town Marshal, Greene County Ambulance Service, Switz City Fire Territory, Lyons Fire Department and the Linton Fire Department.

Updated: Road Closed between Switz City and Lyons

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Highway 67 is closed between Lyons and Switz City. The closure is due to a traffic accident, and Indiana State Police confirmed that it involved a serious injury.

No other details are available at this time.

Accident on Lone Tree Road

A vehicle just north of 200 North Lone Tree Road is reported to have overturned Sunday morning.  The Linton Fire Department and EMS were dispatched to the scene.

Initial reports indicate two people may be injured.

Thursday Morning Vehicle Accident Results in Minor Injuries

Photos courtesy of the Greene County Sheriff's Department.

Terre Haute resident Jason P. Ralstin was taken to Greene County General Hospital to be treated for minor lacerations to his arm and face after a vehicle accident that occurred around 8:30 a.m. on Thursday.

Ralstin, 31, told Greene County Sheriff’s Department Deputy James Carpenter that he was driving south on County Road 1000 W. when a vehicle in the opposite lane crossed into his. He said he drove his 2010 Lincoln AKT SUV off the road while trying to avoid an accident.

Carpenter reported that Ralstin’s vehicle drove down a ditch and stopped on top of a frozen creek.

Ralstin then exited his vehicle and waited for medical personnel to arrive.

 

Updated: Power Line Down in Linton Due to Vehicle Accident

Multiple homes in the Linton area were without electricity when a vehicle accident by the former Jack Wheeler Ford building resulted in a downed power line Friday night.  

Deputy Bobby Pierce, of the Greene County Sheriff’s Department, stated in a news release that  26-year-old Matthew A. Johnson reported losing control of his 98 Oldsmobile Bravada at the intersection of State Road 54 and State Road 59.

Johnson allegedly told Pierce that he may have been traveling too fast and believed he struck ice when his vehicle crossed the center line on State Road 54 and traveled about 400 feet off the roadway and across other traffic lanes.  According to Pierce, the Dugger resident’s vehicle struck a utility pole and then a ditch, rolled over, and came to rest upside down.

Greene County Ambulance Service took Johnson to Greene County General Hospital to be treated for lacerations to his side and leg, as well as neck pain.

The intersection was shut down for several hours so that REMC could repair the utility pole and restore electricity.  The investigation into the accident is pending.

The Linton Police Department, the Linton Fire Department, and INDOT all assisted at the scene.

 

Switz City Resident Accused of Intentionally Being Rear-Ended

Jeremy H. Demoss was driving south on 11th St. NE in Linton when he was rear-ended by Larry L. Allen on Sunday afternoon.

According to a report from the Linton Police Department, 31-year-old Demoss had been in a dispute with Allen and the occupants of his vehicle and intentionally caused Allen to rear-end his 2010 Dodge Avenger.

57-year-old Allen, of Linton, was driving a 1998 Dodge Dakota.

Demoss was cited for a sudden stop causing a collision.

No Students Injured in Bus Incident at WRV

Photo Courtesy of Bill McChesney, Taken February 24th, 2012

Monday afternoon, White River Valley Schools Superintendent Bob Hacker reported that an idling bus slipped into gear after school was released.

The bus, which was at the side of WRV elementary, backed into a car before going through the fence at the side of building and on around the school, slamming into the corner of the gymnasium.

“We were very, very lucky in the fact that no one was hurt and there were no kids that were on the bus at that time. We will be making the needed repairs,” Hacker added.

 

Updated: New Details on State Road 54 Crash

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Update:

The Greene County Sheriff’s Department has confirmed that each of the three vehicles involved in the accident had one occupant each and that two of the drivers were seriously injured while the third was killed in the collision.

Todd W. Bennett, 19, of Linton, was seriously injured in the accident and originally transported by ambulance to Greene County General Hospital. Soon after he was airlifted to Eskenazi Health in Indianapolis for further treatment. As of 9 p.m. Wednesday night he was still listed in critical condition.

Lisa M. Shafer, 48, of Odon, also suffered serious injury and was taken by ambulance to Greene County General Hospital. There is no official update on Shafer’s current condition at this time.

Phillip K. Reynolds Jr., 51, of Linton, died as a result of injuries sustained in the crash.

Reynolds was transported to Greene County General Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

The Greene County Coroner’s office has stated that an autopsy will be performed Thursday morning at Terre Haute’s Regional Hospital.

The Greene County Sheriff’s office confirmed that an investigation of the accident is ongoing in conjunction with the Indiana State Police.

The Sheriff’s Department has requested that anyone with information regarding the accident contact Detective George Dallaire at 812-384-4411.

Update by Jack Rogers.

Update:

State Road 54 between Linton and Switz City is now open.  More details will be released as they become available.

Earlier post:

State Road 54, just east of County Road 800 West between Linton and Switz City, is closed for an undetermined amount of time due to a three-vehicle traffic accident that occurred early Wednesday morning.

Greene County Coroner Sherri Wilson confirmed that the accident resulted in one fatality.

“We’re not releasing more information yet because the family hasn’t been notified,” stated Wilson, adding that two other people were injured.  One individual was lifelined from the scene and the other was taken to Greene County General Hospital.

No more information is available at this time.

Bloomington Man Drives through Fence in Solsberry

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No injuries were reported in a one-vehicle accident in Eastern Greene County on Thursday.

At just after 4 p.m., 23-year-old Benjamin Levato, of Bloomington, was travelling west on East Gardner Road towards County Line Road when he lost control of his 2006 Ford Ranger due to a combination of speed and road conditions.

According to Greene County Sheriff’s Department Deputy Jeff Brown, Levato ran off the road and through the fence of a Solsberry resident.

Truck Driver May Face Charges after Leaving Accident Scene

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The driver of a 2005 International tractor-trailer is accused of hitting a guardrail, located at the intersection of State Road 157 North and East Calvertsville Road in Bloomfield, and then leaving the scene sometime Wednesday night or Thursday morning.

A passerby called the Greene County Sheriff’s Department to report the damage. No vehicles were at the scene of the accident, and the rail was sticking out into the roadway.

Deputy Andrew Duguay, of the Jasonville Police Department, and Greene County Sheriff’s Department Deputy Harvey Holt cleared the highway of debris and then followed a damage trail south on State Road 157 and determined that the vehicle turned onto East Union Valley Road. Holt located the vehicle on a county road approximately 1.5 miles away from the accident scene.

The tractor-trailer, which is owned by Stone Belt Freight lines, was driven by Dusten Deckard of Mitchell, Indiana.

Deckard was not hurt during the accident. When asked why he did not stay at the accident scene, Deckard stated that he was scared and did not know what to do. He said he had called his company and they were bringing him a tire.

When asked why he did not call the police he said he did not have a signal, adding that he moved the vehicle because he was looking for a safe place to stop. Deckard was told he had plenty of places to stop at the scene, including the field he drove through to depart, and he acknowledged that was true.

According to a release from the sheriff’s department, Deckard drove about 1.3 miles before a front tire fell off of the vehicle, and then drove approximately a quarter mile more– damaging a county road bridge and roadway when the vehicle’s rim drug along the ground.

A report will be sent to the Greene County Prosecutor for possible charges of leaving the scene of an accident.

Dugger Man Rolls Vehicle Due to Black Ice

The Linton Police Department responded to a traffic accident caused by black ice on Saturday night.

Around 9 p.m., Jordan B. Jackson, 27, was driving west on Highway 54, through a curve with a steep grade. According to a release from the LPD, Jackson told Investigating Officer Detective Sergeant Josh Goodman that his 1989 Chevrolet pickup slid on the ice and struck the curb, causing the vehicle to roll onto its side.

The pickup hit the curb on the north side of the roadway and rolled onto its side facing the opposite direction it had initially been travelling in.

Goodman noted that the entire roadway was covered with black ice and that it was difficult to stand, walk, or drive in the area.

The driver’s side of the pickup was damaged and the vehicle was towed from the scene.

 

Sunday Morning Accident Resulted in Minor Injures

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The Greene County Sheriff’s Department worked approximately five to seven slide-offs or accidents caused by black ice between 10:30 p.m. on Saturday and 1 a.m. on Sunday.

At around 12:15 a.m. on Sunday, 50-year-old Larry Ruckriegel, of Bloomington, lost control of his vehicle when driving north on State Road 45 near Timber Trace. After hitting ice on the roadway his 2008 Dodge pickup ran off the north side of the road and over the embankment, rolling the vehicle.

Ruckriegel walked away with only minor scrapes and bruising, including lacerations to his head and face.

State Road 45 was shut down temporarily.

Deputy David Miller was the investigating officer and Deputy Jeff Brown, the Center Township Fire Department, and the Greene County Ambulance Service assisted.

 

No Injuries Reported in Saturday Night Accident in Eastern Greene

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A one-vehicle traffic accident in Eastern Greene County Saturday night left no injuries.

Forty-three-year-old Dana Vaught, of Bloomfield, was driving east on State Road 54 near Short Road and Hobbieville Road at around 10:30 p.m. when she lost control of her 2009 Kia SUV due to icy road conditions. She ran off the south side of the road, hitting the rear of the vehicle against a tree and activating all interior air bags.

Neither Vaught nor her passenger sustained injured.

The Greene County Sheriff’s Department noted in a news release that they worked several additional accidents due to the black ice on the roadway, which caught many drivers by surprise.

Deputy David Miller was the investigating officer, and Deputy Jeff Brown and the Center Township Fire Department assisted.

Traffic Accident Injures Two

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A traffic accident on State Road 58 and U.S. Route 231 sent two drivers to IU Health Bloomington on Friday.

At about 2:20 p.m., the Greene County Sheriff’s Department received a 911 call from Melody L. Brown of Ellettsville. Brown said she was driving west on SR 58 when she was in a car accident, but that she had no recollection of how the accident occurred.

Charles W. Reinhart, of Vincennes, was driving east on State Road 58. According to a release from the sheriff’s department, Reinhart stated that Brown travelled left of the center line and struck his vehicle.

Both drivers were transported by ambulance to IU Health Bloomington for further examination of their injuries.

Portions of SR 58 and US 231 were briefly closed for removal of the two vehicles.

Deputy James Carpenter, Detective James O’Malley, and Chief Deputy Major Mike Hasler investigated the incident. The Greene County Ambulance Service and the Taylor Township Fire Department also responded to the scene.

 

 

Bloomfield Resident Injured in Traffic Accident Thursday Morning

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Just before 9 a.m. on Thursday, a driver was injured in a two-vehicle accident on State Road 58 and Greentuck Drive.

Kayla S. Davis, 25, of Bloomfield, was driving west on State Road 58 when she crossed the center line, striking the side front fender of a 1999 Kenworth driven by 48-year-old Kevin Jones, of Springville.

Davis’ 2012 Chevy Cruze came to rest in a ditch on the north side of the road, facing east. Jones swerved off the road to avoid Davis and stopped on the south side of the road, still facing east.

According to a release from the Greene County Sheriff’s Department, the Air Evac Lifeteam took Davis to Methodist Hospital to be treated for injuries to her left arm and knee, as well as facial lacerations.

Investigating Officer Deputy Leon Dunigan was assisted by Deputy James Carpenter. The Owensburg Fire Department, Center Township Fire Department, Taylor Township Fire Department, and the Greene County Ambulance Service also responded to the scene.

 

Odon Man Uninjured in Snow Plow Rollover

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At just after midnight Ricky Laughlin, 58, was driving a 2003 Ford Sterling snow plow owned by the Indiana Department of Transportation north on South State Road 45 near Dobson Road when he ran off the snow and ice covered road, overturning the vehicle.

According to a release from the Greene County Sheriff’s Department, Laughlin was trapped inside by his seatbelt, but had no other injuries.

The truck lost its load of salt from the rollover.

Investigating Officer Deputy Jeff Brown noted that there were about two inches of snow at the time of the accident.

Greene County Ambulance Services and the Center Township Fire Department assisted.

 

Pleasantville Man Accidently Shoots Himself while Hunting

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Earlier this week, 21-year-old Larry Lawrence III shot himself in the side while hunting at night in the Pleasantville area.

Indiana Conservation Officer Mike Gregg explained that Lawrence had both entrance and exit wounds from the bullet, and that while he would not call it a minor injury he did not believe it was life-threatening.

“He was going through some briars and he tripped with the gun and somehow or other it discharged,” Gregg continued, adding that while he is still investigating the incident he believes charges will be filed against Lawrence.

“It’s not related to the shooting itself, I think that was accidental, but it occurred while doing some illegal hunting activity,” he clarified.

 

Two Arrested after Head-On Collision Kills Sullivan County Man

Robert Daniel

Knox County Coroner Gordon Becher confirmed that Terry Bailey, 59, of Carlisle, died on Friday of injuries caused by a traffic accident. His wife, Pamela, survived the crash.

Knox County Sheriff Mike Morris said his department received notification of the three-car crash around 7 a.m. and that it occurred on US 50 near the US 41 exit ramp just outside of Vincennes.

Martia Miley, 37, and her passenger Robert Daniel, 39, who have St. Petersburg, Florida addresses but are living in Vincennes, were headed west on US 50 when they rear-ended a vehicle driven by Mike Bahr, of Vincennes. Bahr’s vehicle was forced into the guard rail and Miley’s vehicle crossed the median and hit the Baileys’ vehicle head-on.

Bahr was unhurt.

Miley is now in the Knox County Jail charged with criminal recklessness and operating while intoxicated causing death, a class B felony. Daniel was also arrested and charged with resisting arrest, battery on a police officer, disorderly conduct, and public intoxication.

Morris noted that Daniel kicked a deputy in the face during his arrest.

 

Two Injured in Traffic Accident on Halloween

On Halloween night, a traffic accident on State Road 45 near County Road 225 North closed a portion of State Road 45 for over an hour.

Just before 6 p.m., a juvenile driving a 1997 Chevy Trailblazer was driving north on State Road 45 when she lost control of her vehicle due to the wet road conditions. The Trailblazer spun out of control and veered across the center line, colliding with a 2009 Subaru Forester driven by Cassandra Robertson, 45, of Springville.

According to a release from the Greene County Sheriff’s Department, Robertson had tried to steer off the edge of the road to avoid the collision, but was unable to do so.

The Greene County Ambulance Service took both drivers to IU Health Bloomington Hospital. Both drivers suffered from lacerations and bruising. The juvenile had a fractured ankle and Robertson had a shattered knee.

Greene County Sheriff’s Department Deputy Dustin Cain was the investigating officer, and Township Fire Department also responded to the scene.

 

Traffic Accident Results in Fatality

There was a fatal traffic accident late Wednesday night on East State Road 54, west of Harv-Wright Road.

The vehicle was traveling east on State Road 54 and left the south side of the roadway, striking a tree. Only the driver was in the vehicle, and he suffered fatal injuries.

The driver was not wearing a seat belt and his airbags did deploy.

Greene County Sheriff’s Department Deputy Harvey Holt is the investigating officer. 

Deputy Davis Aerne, Bloomfield Police Department Chief Deputy Jeremy Inman, Greene County Ambulance Service, Richland Fire Department, & Center Fire Department assisted.

The accident is still under investigation, and no further information is available at this time. 

ATV Accident Injures Bloomfield Teen

Last Friday evening an ATV accident one mile east of West Gate Road on East Scotland Road injured one person.

Jason Bennett, 13, was driving a green Polaris Sportsman ATV with Scott Bennett, 15, as a passenger.

Greene County Sheriff’s Department Deputy Davis Aerne arrived at the scene around 6:18 p.m. and discovered that it appeared the driver was headed east on Scotland Road when he lost control while going downhill and fell off into a ditch, striking a tree head-on. According to a press release it seemed that once the vehicle struck the tree the driver hit the handle bar and rolled off the vehicle to the right.

The driver was not wearing a helmet or any safety gear at the time of the accident, and Aerne believed he had a mild concussion as well as a small laceration under his lower lip that caused severe bleeding. He was taken to the Center Township Fire Department by ambulance before being transported to Riley Hospital in Indianapolis by Lifeline.

The driver was released after treatment and the passenger was uninjured.

 

 

No Injuries Reported in Two-Vehicle Accident North of Bloomfield

Greene County Sheriff’s Department Deputy Harvey Holt responded to a two-vehicle accident on East Kelly Branch Road, north of Wilke School Road, on Saturday just before 6 p.m.

Sixteen-year-old Bloomfield resident Taylor Urban was driving a 1999 Pontiac Grand Prix west on Kelly Branch Road when she saw a vehicle approaching and tried to slow down and pull towards the right side of the road. Urban went into a skid and slid down a gravel hill, causing her vehicle to swerve.

Tina Walls, 47, of Solsberry, saw Urban lose control and attempted to drive her 1992 Ford F150 into the ditch to avoid Urban’s vehicle. Urban hit the Ford behind the driver’s side door and rear fender area.

The Grand Prix’s front grill, bumper, and headlights were damaged and the F150 was disabled and towed from the scene.

No injuries were reported.

 

Car Strikes Utility Trailer in Solsberry

Dianna Cooley, 67, of Bloomington, drove her 2000 Toyota Camry into a utility trailer on Saturday afternoon.

Cooley was travelling south on North State Road 45, south of Timber Trace Drive in Solsberry, when the accident occurred around 3 p.m.

According to a release written by Greene County Sheriff’s Department Deputy Harvey Holt, Cooley said she became tired while she was driving then ran off the west side of the road and struck the utility trailer.

The collision caused minor damage to the trailer’s rear right fender and taillight, and also knocked the trailer off its hitch stand. The trailer’s hitch then hit a car parked adjacent to it, causing minor damage to the car’s front bumper.

No injuries were reported.

Both the trailer and the vehicle the trailer’s hitch struck are owned by Lee Ann Aldridge of Solsberry.