Accident injures man, totals truck

By Herald Staff

FERDINAND — A Kentucky man fell asleep at the wheel in a Monday morning accident on State Road 162 north of County Road 700 South that injured him and totaled his truck.

Craig Long, 57, of Crestwood, Kentucky, was transported to Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center for injuries to his left arm, the Dubois County Sheriff’s Office reported.

Long was northbound on the state road in his 2013 Dodge Ram at 7:37 a.m. Dane Barber, 52, of Montgomery, was southbound on the road in a 1998 International semi-trailer that was pulling a 2011 Wilson livestock trailer. Long told sheriff’s deputies that he fell asleep. His truck went 5 feet left of center, police said.

Barber saw Long’s truck crossing the center and attempted to avoid a collision, but Long’s vehicle struck the semi-trailer and came to rest on the northbound shoulder, police said. Long had to be extricated from his vehicle by St. Anthony first responders, police said.

Barber was able to pull his vehicle to the southbound shoulder. He told deputies he was not injured and refused treatment at the scene, police said.

Long’s truck was totaled in the accident, which caused $10,000 in damage to Barber’s vehicle. Long was cited for driving left of center.

The sheriff’s office was assisted by the Ferdinand Police Department, St Anthony first responders, Memorial EMS and Bergs Garage.

State Road 162 was closed for about 45 minutes while the scene was cleared, police said.

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