Dubois woman life-flighted after crash with combine

From local sources

JASPER — A Dubois woman was life-flighted to an Evansville hospital after her vehicle collided with a combine Friday evening.

The Dubois County Sheriff’s Department responded to the accident near 2855 E. Jasper-Dubois Road at 5:56 p.m.

According to a preliminary report, Robert Rasche of Dubois, born in 1949, pulled out onto the road to make a U-turn in his John Deere combine. At that time, Diana Betz, 36, also of Dubois, was traveling south on Jasper-Dubois Road in a 2005 Chevrolet Impala and rear-ended the farm equipment. The Dubois Volunteer Fire Department assisted at the scene to extract Betz from her vehicle. She was then flown by LifeFlight helicopter to St. Mary’s Medical Center in Evansville. A hospital spokeswoman declined to give information about her status this morning.

A sheriff’s deputy said the accident is still under investigation, but alcohol has been ruled out as a cause. There were no tire marks at the scene, indicating that Betz did not attempt to stop her vehicle before the crash, police said. Both vehicles were totaled. Memorial Hospital EMS also assisted. More information will be available when police complete a final accident report.

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