For The Record: 2/7February 7, 2014
BRETZVILLE — The Dubois County Sheriff’s Department is issuing a reminder about the importance of clearing sheets of ice from vehicle roofs, windshields and other surfaces after working a Thursday accident in which flying ice was the major player.
Eric J. Birk, 19, of 211 S. Walnut St., Huntingburg, was westbound on State Road 64 in a 2006 Jeep Liberty when the 2:25 p.m. mishap occurred a mile east of State Road 162, according to deputies.
Birk said two large pieces of ice flew from the roof of an eastbound Frito Lay box truck. The flying ice broke through the passenger side of the Liberty’s windshield and struck its passenger-side rearview mirror.
Deputies learned Birk was struck in the face by ice but did not receive any injuries. A female passenger was covered with shattered glass but she also avoided injury.
The Frito Lay box truck continued eastbound without stopping. Police said the driver may not have realized what happened.
Anyone who witnessed the accident is asked to contact the sheriff’s department at 482-3522.
Damage to the Jeep was estimated at $750.
DUFF — A driver was arrested after an early-morning crash at Duff today that totaled an SUV.
The Dubois County Sheriff’s Department was called at 1 a.m. about an SUV inverted on County Road 600W by Duff Road Southeast. Deputies were told no one was around the vehicle.
Deputies arrived and determined a 1997 GMC Jimmy had been totaled when it crashed while traveling too fast to road conditions. The deputies and an Indiana State Police trooper followed tracks in the snow for about a mile and a half and located the driver, identified as Timothy L. Myers Jr., 26, of 968 W. Division Road, Jasper, and two passengers whom deputies did not identify.
Once Myers was medically cleared at Memorial Hospital, he was booked into the Dubois County Security Center at 6:03 a.m. for leaving the scene of an injury accident and obstruction of traffic.
IRELAND — The Dubois County Sheriff’s Department is asking the public’s help in locating a semi tractor-trailer with Vanderburgh County ties.
Deputies received a report at 3:40 p.m. Thursday that a semi on Grant Street in Ireland made a right turn to proceed west on County Road 250N and struck a stop sign in the process.
The only description of the semi that knocked over the sign was that it had “Evansville, Indiana” displayed on its side.
Deputies contacted the Indiana Department of Transportation about the $75 in damage to the sign.
Anyone with information on the incident can contact the sheriff’s department at 482-3522.
FERDINAND — The Ferdinand Volunteer Fire Department responded Thursday night to the report of an alarm sounding at Marilyn Brinkman’s home at 324 W. 23rd St.
The 10:52 p.m. callout involved a carbon monoxide detector, said Fire Chief Dan Lindauer, but the department’s multi-gas monitor did not register any gas.
Lindauer said the detector was likely defective and he recommended it be replaced.
Two trucks and 13 firefighters were on the scene 20 minutes. The Ferdinand Police Department and Indiana State Police assisted.
Ferdinand Volunteer Fire Department Fire Chief Dan Lindauer is issuing a safety reminder to households using various space heaters during the extreme cold that has spanned most of the last five weeks.
The misplacement of space heaters is a leading cause of fires, Lindauer said. Most units come with recommendations for their placement and most of those notices recommend they be kept at least 3 feet from anything that could possibly catch fire. Lindauer urges people to follow manufacturers’ recommendations and be safe while staying warm.
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