Driver avoids injury in rollover accident

From Local Sources

FERDINAND — A Huntingburg man escaped serious injury in a rollover accident Friday morning west of Ferdinand.

Lester E. Moran Cerna, 19, Huntingburg, was northbound on Ferdinand Road Northwest in a 1988 Chevrolet pickup truck when the 6:45 a.m. accident occurred north of County Road 850S, according to the Dubois County Sheriff’s Office.

Moran Cerna had descended a steep hill and was entering a curve when he said it felt like his truck started to slide. He lost control of the vehicle after braking and the truck traveled left of center and off the roadway.

The sheriff’s office said the truck struck a Frontier Communications junction box, continued into a ditch, hit an embankment and overturned.

The Chevrolet stopped on its top facing southeast with the driver, who was wearing a seat belt, uninjured but trapped in the cab. First responders assisted Moran Cerna out of the wreckage by using extrication equipment to pry open a truck door. Moran Cerna declined EMS.

Damage was estimated between $1,000 and $2,500. The roadway was closed for about an hour while the scene was cleared.

The Ferdinand Volunteer Fire Department, Memorial Hospital Emergency Medical Services and a KARS wrecker assisted.

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