For The Record: 4/24


JASPER — A Pike County motorist was injured this morning when her SUV collided with a semi tractor-trailer on Jasper’s west side.

Shayna Grubb, 20, of Winslow was eastbound on State Road 56 in a 2002 Chevrolet TrailBlazer when the 5:42 a.m. accident occurred just west of St. Charles Street, according to the Jasper Police Department.

Authorities said Grubb nodded off behind the wheel, causing her SUV to veer left of center where it struck a westbound 2002 semi tractor-trailer driven by 64-year-old Joseph Wirthwein, of 11200 E. Merkel Road, Celestine.

Grubb complained of stomach pain after the wreck and was taken by ambulance to Memorial Hospital in Jasper, police said. She was treated and released, according to a hospital spokeswoman.

Damage to the semi tractor-trailer owned by Ackerman Oil Co., 2060 S. Lube Way, was estimated at $10,000. The TrailBlazer was totaled in the crash.

Memorial Hospital Emergency Medical Services assisted.

The accident restricted traffic at the scene for about 40 minutes.


ST. HENRY — A Perry County woman complained of pain after a two-vehicle accident Tuesday afternoon on a county road west of St. Henry.

Rachel M. James of Bristow was westbound on County Road 1100S in a 1999 Buick when the 3:42 p.m. accident occurred a short distance east of U.S. 231, according to the Dubois County Sheriff’s Department.

Deputies said a car trying to leave a private drive pulled into the path of James’ car. James’ Buick collided with the 2002 Pontiac being driven by Chelsea M. Wallace, of 3243 W. 1100S, and that sent the James vehicle left of center and off the south side of the road where it stopped in a field.

James complained of pain after the collision but declined to be transported for treatment, deputies said. No other injuries were reported.

Damage was estimated at $3,500 to James’ Buick and $2,500 to Wallace’s Pontiac.

Memorial Hospital Emergency Medical Services and the St. Henry Volunteer Fire Department assisted.


HAYSVILLE — The Haysville Volunteer Fire Department responded early Tuesday morning to a small fire at the Haysville Mill, 7121 N. U.S. 231.

A neighbor noticed the fire at 12:27 a.m. and reported it to authorities, according to Fire Chief John Fuhrman.

Firefighters arrived to find that the heating element on a liquid fat tank had shorted out and started the tank’s insulation on fire. The department used a fire extinguisher to put out the fire.

The tank will need a new heating element and new insulation, according to Fuhrman.

One truck and seven firefighters were on the scene for an hour.


HUNTINGBURG — Units of the Huntingburg Volunteer Fire Department responded to a vehicle fire Tuesday afternoon at an 1102 N. Chestnut St. address that is cater-cornered from the department’s 11th Street fire station.

Assistant Chief Glen Kissling said a 2000 Mercury Sable owned by Nancy Griffen, of 507 Pleasant View Drive, had a small fire in the console area of its interior, which firefighters extinguished. The cause was believed to have been smoking materials that were not disposed of properly, according to Kissling.

No major damage was caused by the fire, he said.

One truck and six firefighters were on the scene 20 minutes.

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