Archive for June, 2011


Several Injured in 5-Vehicle Terre Haute Crash

June 28, 2011

June 28, 2011

Police in Terre Haute, Indiana, are still looking for the driver of a white van with Ohio plates who fled from the scene of a five-car pileup on Interstate 70 on Saturday evening.

The accident, which occurred in a construction zone at 5:47 p.m., resulted in a trip to the hospital for one driver and minor injuries for several others.

Indiana State Police say the accident began in the eastbound lanes of I-70 when a Luxury Line Charter Tours Inc. bus failed to slow done in a construction zone and rear-ended a tractor trailer driven by a 64-year-old man from Paris, Texas. The bus, which was driven by a 53-year-old man from Troy, Michigan, was carrying nine passengers at the time. The tractor-trailer then rear-ended another tractor-trailer driven by a 43-year-old man from Carthage, Missouri.

The tour bus driver was hospitalized with leg injuries and several bus passengers complained of minor injuries but refused treatment.

Also involved in the crash was a Ford Escape driven by a 47-year-old Willow Hill, Illinois, man. The Escape was struck from behind and pushed into the rear of the tour bus by a full-sized white passenger van, described as a GMC or Chevrolet and driven by a white male.

Police are still looking for the van and its driver, who fled the scene headed east.

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Why do you think accidents are so common in construction zones? What can be done to minimize them?

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INDOT Worker Dies in Construction Accident

June 21, 2011

June 21, 2011

A 54-year-old Indiana Department of Transportation employee was killed from injuries sustained in a work-related accident on the morning on Thursday, June 16.

At 10 a.m. the man was working on a repair at the intersection of 1400 North and U.S. 231 in DeMotte, Indiana, patching cracks in the roadway with a hot sealant. An INDOT dump truck that was putting sand over the sealant backed over the lifelong Rensselaer, Indiana, resident. The dump truck was driven by a 50-year-old INDOT employee who says he did not see the man, according to WLFI.

The injured man was transported to the ER at Franciscan St. Anthony Health in Crown Point, where he was pronounced dead at 11:18 a.m. He died of blunt force trauma, according to a coroner’s spokesman.

INDOT Spokesman Jim Pinkerton told that the man had worked for the department for 34 years.

“The INDOT family is saddened any time one of our co-workers is lost,” Pinkerton said. “We extend our sympathies to the family in this difficult time.” reports that Indiana State Police, INDOT, and the Indiana Occupational Safety and Health Administration are each investigating the highway worker’s death. Police have said they don’t believe drugs or alcohol were a factor in the accident.

A funeral for the man is being held today in Rensselaer.

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What can be done to prevent on-the-job injuries and deaths of highway workers?

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Intoxicated Driver Arrested for Wreck Involving 5 Children in Muncie

June 14, 2011

June 14, 2011

Police placed a Muncie, Indiana, woman in handcuffs directly after her release from an Indianapolis hospital Monday afternoon on a felony charge of Driving While Intoxicated with a Minor in a Vehicle.

The 49-year-old woman is accused of being intoxicated, passing out behind the wheel of her Ford Aspire, and causing a two-car crash Friday night on Kilgore Avenue in Muncie. At the time, there were five children under the age of 13 in the vehicle with her; police believe that none were wearing seatbelts.

Tests indicate that the woman had cocaine, marijuana, and painkillers in her bloodstream at the time of the crash.

The accident occurred after the woman passed out, sending her Ford Aspire careening head-on into a Ford F-350 pickup around 10:10 p.m. Police say a 13-year-old girl in the car tried to grab the steering wheel but was unable to avoid the collision.

The woman was seriously injured in the crash, as were four of the five children in her vehicle. Police told The Star Press that they believe two of the five children were the woman’s own.

The woman, who is now in the Delaware County Jail, was reportedly taking the children out for pizza.

Delaware County Deputy Prosecutor Zachary Craig says she may face additional charges after the investigation is complete.

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How do you think the law can prevent people from driving under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol?

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SUV flips in Indiana auto accident

June 08, 2011

June 9, 2011

Two people were injured in an Indiana auto accident when an SUV flipped.

A man traveling northbound on Indiana 67 in his Ford SUV turned left in the path of a Honda traveling southbound before the Indiana auto accident.

The Honda hit the front passenger side of the SUV, causing it to spin and flip upside-down.

According to The Star Press, both drivers suffered injuries that were not released at the time the story was published.

One person was taken to St. John’s Medical Center while the other was taken to IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital following the Indiana auto accident.

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Do you think SUVs are more likely to flip in the event of an Indiana auto accident? Do you think they’re safer vehicles than smaller cars?

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