Crashed car catches fire near Dubois Crossroads

Herald Staff Writer

KELLERVILLE — A woman escaped serious injury early Tuesday afternoon when the car she crashed west of the Dubois Crossroads caught fire.

Kay E. Smock, 68, of 3073 E State Road 56., Dubois, was westbound on State Road 56 in a 2009 Mercury sedan when the 12:34 p.m. accident occurred just east of County Road 400E, according to the Dubois County Sheriff’s Department.

Smock told deputies she either fell asleep or passed out. Police said the car ran off the road and into a ditch.

The Mercury sustained substantial damage and a fire started in its engine compartment, police said.

Deputies said Smock, who suffered minor facial and neck injuries after the crash and air bag deployment, was pulled from the burning vehicle.

Units of the Dubois Volunteer Fire Department were credited with a quick response as firefighters extinguished the fire.

Smock was taken by ambulance to Memorial Hospital in Jasper for treatment of her injuries.

The crash totaled the Mercury.

Memorial Hospital Emergency Medical Services and a Uebelhor & Sons wrecker also assisted.

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