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.

Multiple Crashes and Slide Offs Along I-70

The Indiana State Police Putnamville District is currently working multiple crashes and slide-offs on I-70 near the 26 mile marker, both eastbound and westbound, and farther east to the 42 mile marker.

No serious injuries are reported. There has mostly been property damage and very minor injuries.

I-70 is open, but traffic is slow in the area. Please use caution.

Jasonville Man Involved in Crash on State Road 159 in Vigo County

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At 4:35 Thursday afternoon, Indiana State Police troopers and Vigo County emergency agencies responded to a two-vehicle crash on State Road 159 near Harlan Drive. The crash sent one driver to Terre Haute Regional Hospital with complaint of neck and back pain.

Preliminary investigation revealed a 2010 Dodge Avenger driven by 24-year-old Joseph W. Jerrell, of Jasonville, was northbound on State Road 159 near Harlan Drive approaching a stopped 1991 GMC pickup driven by Todd C. Blubaum, age 31, of Pimento, Indiana. The Blubaum vehicle was stopped on SR 159 near Harlan Drive for a tractor-trailer stopped in the roadway. The Jerrell vehicle then struck the Blubaum vehicle in the rear.

The unidentified tractor-trailer left the scene after the crash.

Blubaum was transported to Terre Haute Regional Hospital for neck and back pain.  Jerrell was not injured and subsequently cited for speed too fast to avoid a collision.

The crash was investigated by ISP Trooper Erik Smith. Assisting were ISP Trooper Mike Finney, Riley Fire/Rescue and Trans Care Ambulance Service.

Under the Law, criminal charges are merely accusations and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

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.

ISP Releases Details of Tractor-Trailer Crash

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This morning at 10:38, Indiana State Police troopers and Sullivan County emergency agencies responded to a 911 call reporting a tractor-trailer had crashed into the Coal Miner Café in the town of Dugger.

Preliminary investigation revealed a blue, 2002 Kenworth tractor pulling an empty coal hauling trailer and driven by 63-year-old Gary Nash of Sullivan, IN., was eastbound on State Road 54 and turned south onto State Road 159. The tractor-trailer traveled approximately 100 feet south and suddenly veered to the right traveling off the west edge of the roadway and striking the café. The tractor-trailer was operating under the name of Ajax Trucking from Sullivan.

Gary Nash was transported to Sullivan County Community Hospital for further investigation into the possibility that a medical episode may have contributed to the crash. There were no early indications of defects found with the tractor-trailer combination after an on-scene inspection by troopers. No citations were issued to Nash and drugs and/or alcohol were not a factor.

The injured café patrons were Madge Booker, age 81, of Sullivan, and Gloria Bixler, age 66, of Dugger. Both were treated for complaints of pain at Sullivan County Community Hospital.

The crash was investigated by ISP Trooper Tyler Van Ness. Assisting were ISP Trooper Brent Robinson, Dugger Town Marshal Dave Heaton, Dugger Fire/Rescue, Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office and Sullivan County EMS.

 

Updated: Semi Crashes into Dugger Cafe

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A semi-truck crashed into Dugger’s Coal Miner’s Cafe late Tuesday morning.

Four people, including the driver, required medical attention.

According to Trent Eberhardt, of the Dugger-Cass Volunteer Fire Department, the driver turned off of Highway 54 to head south on State Road 159.

“He turned the corner right there and he maybe got about 20 miles an hour and he had some kind of medical issue and ran into the building,” Eberhardt explained.   “We had four patients taken out by ambulance– one of them was pretty critical.  And I do know they had Lifeline on stand-by.  The semi driver may have suffered a heart attack and caused the wreck.”

Although only three people at the café were injured, Eberhardt noted that about ten people were inside, including around five children.

“A lot of people were lucky,” he remarked.  “This doesn’t happen every day.”

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.

 

Two Arrested after Head-On Collision Kills Sullivan County Man

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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.

 

Bloomfield Man Arrested after Saturday Wreck

Christopher Isenhower, 34, was driving his 1993 Chevy pickup west on Calvertsville Road early Saturday morning.

According to a release by the investigating officer, Greene County Sheriff’s Department Deputy Jeffrey Brown, Isenhower lost control of his vehicle due to his speed and erratic driving, and rolled his vehicle over  west of the ‘S’ curve.  Since Isenhower showed signs of intoxication he was given a field sobriety test and later arrested for operating his vehicle while intoxicated.

 

Linton Fire Department Extricates Man After Wreck

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A one-vehicle wreck on South State Road 59 and County Road 400 South injured one early  Sunday morning .

Travis Hadley, 28, of Linton, was driving his 1992 Ford Ranger south  on SR 59 around 1:52 a.m. when he left the road for an unknown reason.  According to a release by the investigating officer, Greene County Sheriff’s Department Deputy Jeffrey Brown, the vehicle flipped over and trapped Hadley.

The Linton Fire Department had to extricate the driver, and Greene County Ambulance Services took him to the Greene County General Hospital to be treated for lacerations to the face and back pain.

Deputy Harvey Holt and Linton Officer Thomas Jerrels also assisted.

Bedford Man Killed in Traffic Accident in Greene County

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David W. Roberts, of Bedford, died in a traffic accident late Wednesday night on East State Road 54, west of Harv-Wright Road.

Greene County Coroner Sherri Wilson said Roberts, 31, was on his way home from his job at Metal Technologies in Bloomfield when the single-vehicle accident occurred.

Roberts was alone in the vehicle.

According to the investigating officer, Greene County Sheriff’s Department Deputy Harvey Holt, Roberts was not wearing a seat belt and his airbags did deploy.

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

 

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.

 

 

Linton Police Department October 14th

A driver hit a curb and a stop sign on Saturday due to texting and driving as well as being intoxicated. He was not wearing his seat belt at the time. The vehicle was traveling west on SE C Street in Linton approaching the intersection at SE C Street and S Main Street. The driver said he was texting while driving and did not see the stop sign. The vehicle went through the stop sign and struck a curb and then a stop sign on the west side of S Main Street. The driver was transported to the Linton Police Department where he failed all field sobriety. The driver submitted to a blood draw for intoxication for the Greene County General Hospital. After the drawing, the driver voluntarily checked into Greene County General Hospital for observation due to level of intoxication, and Officer Thomas Jerrels felt it was in his best interest due to being unrestrained during the low speed collision.

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.

 

Linton Police Department October 10th

The Linton Police Department’s report for Wednesday includes one trespassing, four follow up investigations, one information only call, one custody dispute/exchange, two loitering, two accidents resulting in property damage, one funeral escort, two medical/illness calls, one suspicious vehicle/person, one domestic battery, one intoxicated driver, and two traffic stops.

There was a wreck between a car and motorcycle near the Linton Nursing Home. The car entered the eastbound lane and was turning left out of the nursing home onto SR 54. The motorcycle was traveling east on SR 54. The car did not see the motorcycle and pulled into it’s path. The motorcycle attempted to stop, but struck the car on the driver’s side front fender. A witness said that they were behind the motorcycle and that the motorcycle was traveling at the speed limit when the car pulled onto the road. The witness confirmed that the motorcycle attempted to stop but could not stop prior to the collision. The witness said that the driver of the motorcycle was thrown from the motorcycle onto the road. The driver of the motorcycle stated he did not need medical attention and did not have any injuries. The driver of the car said they did not see the motorcycle before pulling out, and that the sun was in their eyes.

Semi Wreck in Eastern Greene

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Early Wednesday morning, a Mack semi tractor-trailer ran off the road, injuring one and leading to a road closure that lasted more than two hours.

41-year-old Shai Simmons of Fountaintown, Indiana was driving a semi north on South State Road 45 between Dobson Road and Blue Sky North at 1:40 a.m. when he ran off the road. The tractor-trailer combination rolled onto its side and slid.

According to a Greene County Sheriff’s Department news release, the semi tore down a fence line and a mile marker sign, and also damaged a utility pole.

Greene County Ambulance Services took Shai to IU Health Bloomington Hospital after he complained of neck pain.

Investigating Officer Deputy Jeffrey Brown noted that the road was closed for clean up from 1:40 to 4 a.m.

Deputy Jordan Gooding, Center Township Fire Department, Greene County Ambulance Services, Bland’s Towing, and REMC assisted.