For The Record: 6/25


JASPER — Both drivers reported injury after an SUV and a semi tractor collided Monday morning at State Road 56 and Kluemper Road.

Mary Pride, 62, Petersburg, was westbound on State Road 56 in a 2012 GMC Terrain at the time of the 9:52 a.m. accident, according to the Jasper Police Department.

Pride stopped for a vehicle in front of her that was turning onto Kluemper Road and, when she did, her GMC was rear-ended by a 2001 Peterbilt semi tractor driven by 53-year-old Bret Graves of Washington, police said.

Officers said the vehicle in front of Pride had signaled well before its turn but Graves told authorities he could not see the signal. After the collision, police said, Graves’ Peterbilt ran off the right side of the roadway and stopped after striking an earthen embankment.

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

Graves suffered a bruise to his elbow and lower arm but was not transported by ambulance, according to police.

Damage was estimated at $10,000 to Graves’ Peterbilt and $3,000 to Pride’s GMC.

Police cited Graves for following too closely to avoid a collision.

Memorial Hospital Emergency Medical Services and a Ruxer Ford wrecker assisted.


JASPER — A car had to be towed from the scene of a collision with a deer this morning on a county road east of Jasper.

Ethan J. Merkel, 26, of 5510 E. State Road 56, Dubois, was eastbound on Jasper-Dubois Road in a 2011 Toyota Camry when the 12:54 a.m. accident occurred just west of Beaver Lake Road, according to the Dubois County Sheriff’s Department.

A deputy said a deer entered the roadway and was struck by the front passenger’s side of Merkel’s car.

The collision killed the deer and caused in excess of $5,000 in damage to the Camry.

A Uebelhor & Sons wrecker assisted.


FERDINAND — No citations were issued after two SUVs collided late Monday morning at I-64’s westbound exit ramp at Ferdinand.

Christy G. Nardi, 25, Floyds Knobs, had exited the interstate in a 2013 Chevrolet Tahoe and was waiting to attempt a right turn onto State Road 162 at the time of the 11 a.m. mishap, according to the Ferdinand Police Department.

Police said the Tahoe was rear-ended by a 1993 Jeep Grand Cherokee driven by 24-year-old Britoney Fight, of 101 W. Sixth St., Jasper.

Each of the vehicles sustained about $700 in damage, according to police.

Authorities said the Nardi Tahoe had eight occupants, and four people were in the Fight Jeep. Police said the accident would have been worse if those occupants had not been wearing their seat belts and using child safety restraints.

Police said Fight, who did not see the stopped Tahoe in time, was faulted for the accident, which made her responsible for the damage to both vehicles.

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HUNTINGBURG — Street repairs following a water main break kept South Cherry Street closed south of Ridgeway Drive for a second consecutive day today.

While emergency vehicles can gain access, the street is closed to all other traffic between Ridgeway Drive and Cherry Ridge Drive until further notice, according to the City of Huntingburg.

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