Distraction results in injury accident

From Local Sources

IRELAND — A distraction factored into an accident early Sunday just west of Jasper that injured the driver.

James A. Blunk, 32, Ireland, was eastbound on County Road 150N in a 1987 Mercury passenger car when the 1:12 a.m. accident occurred west of State Road 56, according to the Dubois County Sheriff’s Department.

Blunk told a deputy he was reaching for his cellphone when his vehicle went into a ditch on the south side of the roadway and stopped when it struck a tree.

The sheriff’s department reported Blunk suffered minor cuts and scrapes. A friend took him to Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center where, according to a hospital spokeswoman, he was treated and released.

Damage was estimated to have exceeded $2,500.

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