Fatal crash claims life of Lamar man

Photo via Indiana State Police

From Local Sources

CRAWFORD COUNTY — A 41-year-old Lamar man was killed and a Celestine man was injured Tuesday after they were involved in a head-on collision on State Road 37. 

According to the Indiana State Police, troopers responded to State Road 37 near the intersection of Governors Trace Road shortly after noon to the report of a two-vehicle accident.

Police say that a 2001 Ford F-150 pickup truck driven by Eric A. Allen, 41, Lamar, and a 2018 Kentworth dump truck driven by Randall Thewes, 58, Celestine, collided with each other.

The collision caused extensive damage to both vehicles, according to authorities.

Pesonnel with the Indiana State Police, English Volunteer Fire Department and Crawford County EMS were the first to arrive on the scene.

Crawford County Coroner Christopher A. Brown responded a short time later and pronounced Allen deceased.

Thewes was transported via ambulance to the Perry County Hospital where he was treated and released for non-life threatening injuries.

Troopers quickly implemented a traffic pattern to keep traffic flowing but did stop all traffic momentarily out of respect for the deceased and his family when Allen was moved.

An autopsy was completed yesterday and results are expected within two weeks, according to police.

Police say the crash is still under investigation by Indiana State Police Detective and accident reconstructionist Joshua Greer.

Police noted in the release of information about the accident that Allen's next of kin were notified of his death last night.

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