2 checked after car-vs-boat-trailer accident

From Local Sources

BIRDSEYE — Two passengers were checked after a car-versus-boat-trailer accident Saturday afternoon west of Birdseye.

Joseph N. Ballard, 41, Santa Claus, was driving a 1998 Chevrolet truck that was pulling a boat trailer southbound on County Road 1025E when the 1:45 p.m. accident occurred at Schnellville Road, according to the Dubois County Sheriff’s Office.

The sheriff’s office reported that Ballard stopped for the stop sign at Schnellville Road, then proceeded into the intersection while failing to notice or yield to a westbound 1998 Ford Mustang driven by Amy L. Corbett, 32, Huntingburg.

The Mustang collided with the boat trailer being pulled by the Ballard truck, causing the car’s air bags to deploy as the vehicle spun and stopped in the middle of the road.

Two passengers in the Corbett Mustang, Calissa G. Corbett, 22, Jasper, and Riley M. Humbert, 6, Jasper, were transported to be treated at Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center, according to the sheriff’s office. A hospital spokeswoman said both individuals were treated and released.

The sheriff’s office said the accident also damaged the 1982 Fischer Marine boat being hauled on the trailer.

Total damage was estimated to have exceeded $5,000.

The Schnellville Volunteer Fire Department, a Department of Natural Resources conservation officer, a Berg’s Garage wrecker and a Memorial Hospital Emergency Medical Services ambulance assisted.

A deputy cited Ballard for failure to yield.

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