For The Record: 5/22


SANTA CLAUS — Four people were injured in a single-vehicle crash early Tuesday morning in which Indiana State Police charged the driver with an alcohol-related offense.

James L. Warren, 19, of 831 W. Donder Lane, was northbound on Melchior Drive in a 2008 Ford Focus when the accident occurred at 1:55 a.m. CDT, police said.

Authorities contend Warren was speeding when his car topped a hill just before a curve.

Police said Warren was unable to control the vehicle through the curve. He overcorrected, which sent the car sliding off the east side of the road where it stopped after striking a tree.

Warren and passenger Stephen J. Dellamorta, 21, of 533 W. Melchior Drive, were transported to St. Mary’s Medical Center in Evansville. A hospital spokeswoman said Warren was in fair condition today, while Dellamorta was listed in serious condition.

State police said the two other passengers in the vehicle, Zachariah D. Lahee and Tiffany M. Wiscaver, both 22 and of 226 E. Brown St., were taken to Memorial Hospital in Jasper. No further information was available other than a statement from authorities that all four occupants had non-life-threatening injuries.

Police said an investigation revealed Warren was legally intoxicated with a blood alcohol content of .10 percent. Because of his injuries, police said, he was not jailed but he was charged with drunken driving causing serious bodily injury, plus minor consuming.

A trooper said the Ford sustained significant damage, although a dollar estimate was not given.

WHITFIELD — Units of the Haysville Volunteer Fire Department responded to an injury accident Tuesday morning along U.S. 231 at a point about 12 miles into Martin County from Dubois County.
Jessica L. Neal, 26, Loogootee, was southbound on U.S. 231 in a 1999 Pontiac when the accident occurred at 7:06 a.m., according to state police.

Police said a vehicle in front of Neal’s suddenly slowed during a period of hard rain. Neal applied her brakes and her car slid sideways. It was partially blocking the northbound lane when it stopped.

Aron P. Kelly, 35, Leopold, was driving a northbound 2011 Chevrolet pickup truck at the time. Police said he tried to swerve to avoid Neal’s Pontiac but the two vehicles sideswiped each other.
Both drivers were wearing seat belts, police said. Neal was not injured but Kelly was taken to Memorial Hospital by ambulance for what police described as non-life-threatening injuries. A hospital spokeswoman said he was treated and released.

State police cited Neal for speed too fast to avoid a collision.

The Loogootee Volunteer Fire Department and Martin County Sheriff’s Department also assisted.
Cleanup at the scene closed the highway for about an hour.

HAYSVILLE — Neither trucker was ticketed after their semi tractor-trailers collided Tuesday afternoon at the Haysville Y.

John Hill of Washington, whose age was not available from police, was stopped on State Road 56 and was attempting to turn the 2007 Freightliner he was driving to go north on U.S. 231 when the 3:30 p.m. mishap occurred, according to the Dubois County Sheriff’s Department.

A deputy said the front of Hill’s semi went left of center while making the sharp turn and it was hit by a southbound International semi tractor-trailer driven by Vernon Carpenter of Odon, whose age also was unavailable.

The rig Hill was driving, which was owned by Perdue Farms, sustained $5,000 in damage to its front driver’s side. It was towed from the scene by a Stork Service Center wrecker, police said. The rig Carpenter was driving, which was owned by Jason Jones Trucking, Shoals, sustained an estimated $2,000 in damage to its trailer’s rear axles and tires.

The Haysville Volunteer Fire Department assisted.

JASPER — Total damage was estimated at $5,000 Monday afternoon when an unattended pickup truck rolled several hundred feet in the North Ridge Shopping Center’s lot at 3830 N. U.S. 231 and struck a parked, unattended Freightliner tractor-trailer rig.

The Jasper Police Department said the 4:01 p.m. mishap involved a 1992 Ford F-150 pickup truck owned by Bernard J. Vogler, of 1514 Andrew Lane.

Police said Vogler’s truck rolled 400 to 500 feet before it hit the semi tractor-trailer owned by Guy M. Turner dba Turner Transfer, Greensboro, N.C.

Police said each vehicle sustained an estimated $2,500 in damage.

Fire runs

JASPER — Units of the Jasper Volunteer Fire Department responded Tuesday night to the report of smoke inside the Gene Humbert residence, 916 Second Ave.

There was no fire, according to Fire Chief Kenny Hochgesang.

Hochgesang said Humbert put a pan of hot dogs on his stove and then forgot about them before leaving for a time. Firefighters were notified about a problem at 9:05 p.m. after a neighbor who was taking his dog outside heard a smoke detector beeping inside Humbert’s home.

Hochgesang said Humbert had moved the pan into the sink by the time firefighters arrived. The house was full of smoke so the department ventilated the residence.
There was no damage.

Four trucks and 29 firefighters were on the scene 30 minutes.

DUBOIS — The Dubois Volunteer Fire Department was called to the 1900 block of Jasper-Dubois Road at 7:17 a.m. Tuesday when it was reported that a tree was on fire.

Firefighters arrived to find that limbs were contacting an electric line, which was creating arcing and sparking, according to department spokesman Zach Eichmiller.

The department secured the scene until a Dubois Rural Electric Cooperative crew could clear the lines, Eichmiller said.

Two trucks and 11 firefighters were on the scene for an hour.

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