Rollover crash kills turkey hauler driver

Photo courtesy Indiana State Police

By BILL POWELL
Herald Staff Writer

HAYSVILLE — A Jasper man was killed when the live-haul turkey truck he was driving overturned Wednesday night in a curve east of Haysville.

Pronounced dead at the scene of the 9:59 p.m. accident on State Road 56 east of County Road 175E was Donald R. Humphrey, 50, of 340 E. Fourth St., Jasper, according to Indiana State Police.

Humphrey was westbound when he lost control of the loaded tractor-trailer in Sendelweck Curve, police said. The truck rolled onto its driver’s side and slid nearly 70 feet off the south side of the highway, according to authorities.



A trooper who drove upon the scene shortly after the crash climbed into the truck’s cab through the back glass and unsuccessfully attempted to revive Humphrey.

The truck, owned by Tri-State Live Haul, Jasper, was loaded with 924 turkeys, police said. Numerous birds were killed as a result of the crash, according to authorities.

State Road 56 was closed for nearly five hours while crews removed the vehicle and loaded out the birds. The wreck occurred nine days after a grain-hauling semi crashed in the same curve, entrapping the driver who was injured. That rig was also westbound and speed was cited by authorities as a factor.

The Dubois County Sheriff’s Department, Dubois County Coroner’s Office, Haysville Volunteer Fire Department, Memorial Hospital Emergency Medical Services and Stork Service Center and Ruxer Ford wreckers assisted.

Wednesday night’s accident was Dubois County’s second roadway fatal of 2014.

Sgt. Philip Hensley, a spokesman at the Indiana State Police post at Jasper, said there have been three rollover accidents at Sendelweck Curve since November. Hensley said he has a couple of ideas for improvements at the location that he will be sharing with the Indiana Department of Transportation.

Contact Bill Powell at bpowell@dcherald.com.