2 ejected, injured in Dubois-area rollover crash

From Local Sources

DUBOIS — Two individuals were ejected and injured in a rollover crash this morning northeast of Dubois.

Nicholas R. Burgan, 18, Haysville, was northbound on Dubois Road Northeast in a 2002 Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck when the 7:40 a.m. crash occurred a half mile north of County Raod 735E, according to the Dubois County Sheriff’s Department.

Deputies said Burgan entered a curve at a high speed and the truck ran off the east side of the road and into a field. The Silverado overturned twice before stopping, according to the sheriff’s department.

Burgan and a passenger, 16-year-old Tristen Matheis, Jasper, were not restrained and were both ejected and thrown about 25 feet, according to the sheriff’s department. They were eventually able to call 911 for help, according to police.

Burgan and Matheis were transported by ambulance to Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center. Deputies said Burgan was immediately flown by helicopter to St. Vincent Hospital in Evansville for treatment of a possible head injury. The sheriff’s department said Matheis suffered a possible arm and shoulder injury.

Drugs and/or alcohol were not believed to have been factors in the crash, according to the sheriff’s department.

Sgt. Stuart Wilson said the driver and passenger suffered more significant injuries from not being restrained and from being ejected from the vehicle. He reminded the public that seatbelt use is not only the law, use of restraints prevents many serious injuries and deaths.

The Dubois Volunteer Fire Department, Memorial Hospital Emergency Medical Services and a Sternberg Automotive Group wrecker assisted at the scene.

The rollover crash totaled the truck.

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