Accident results in Ferdinand man’s death

Herald Staff Writer

SCHNELLVILLE — A single-vehicle crash Sunday afternoon near the Schnellville Conservation Club resulted in the death of the driver.

Mitch Haas, 21, of 2430 Sunward Drive, Ferdinand, lost control of the pickup truck he was driving on County Road 820E near County Road 175S, according to Dubois County Coroner Bob Veatch. His truck went off the roadway and became inverted in a creek, Veatch said.

Authorities were notified about the accident at 3:11 p.m. Haas was freed, resuscitated and transported to Memorial Hospital in Jasper, Veatch said. He was pronounced dead at 7:25 p.m. at the hospital, according to the coroner.

The exact cause of death is under investigation and additional details surrounding the accident were not immediately available.

An Indiana conservation officer was assisted at the scene by the Dubois County Sheriff’s Department, Memorial Hospital Emergency Medical Services, the Schnellville Volunteer Fire Department and a Hasenour Motor Co. wrecker.

Haas was a 2011 graduate of Forest Park High School who had wrestled and played football for the Rangers.

The son of Brad and Karen Haas of Ferdinand, Mitch Haas had been accepted last week to officially join the Ferdinand Volunteer Fire Department next month. Fire Chief Dan Lindauer said Haas, whose father is a veteran member of the department, had trained as a junior firefighter with the department for seven years prior to last week’s appointment.

The death was Dubois County’s fifth fatal roadway accident of 2013.

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