Armored truck takes out coal truck, flips

From Local Sources

IRELAND — An armored truck took out a coal truck before flipping several times Monday morning west of Ireland.

Charles R. Dunlap Jr., Louisville, Kentucky, was westbound on State Road 56 in a 2017 International armored truck when the 10:10 a.m. accident occurred at County Road 800W in Boone Township, according to the Dubois County Sheriff’s Department.

A deputy said Dunlap lost control of the armored truck in a slight curve, over-corrected and sent the International left of center.

The armored truck struck a 2015 Peterbilt semi stopped in the eastbound lane.

The sheriff’s department said the armored truck spun after the impact and traveled off the north side of the highway, flipping several times before stopping on its top in a field.

Dunlap suffered a leg bruise, according to the sheriff’s department, and was later transported to Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center by private vehicle. A front seat passenger in the armored truck, Kendrick A. Eaves, 21, Radcliffe, Kentucky, and a rear seat passenger, Jacob A. Wittenbraker, 23, Radcliffe, Kentucky, were transported to Memorial Hospital by ambulance.

The sheriff’s department said Eaves was treated for right knee and right thigh bruises, while Wittenbraker was treated for a bruise to the left thigh and hip area, plus neck and back pain. 

A hospital spokeswoman said Eaves and Wittenbraker were both treated and released.

The Peterbilt coal truck, which was empty, was driven by Michael R. Tropp of Jasper. He escaped injury.

The crash totaled both of the trucks, according to the sheriff’s department.

The Ireland Volunteer Fire Department’s first responders, Memorial Hospital Emergency Medical Services, Pike County Emergency Medical Services and the Stork wrecker service assisted.

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