Crash adds to county’s death toll

Rachel Mummey/The Herald

Herald Staff Writer

HUNTINGBURG — The Huntingburg Police Department has released more information on the people involved in Tuesday’s deadly three-vehicle crash, although authorities have yet to lay out what they think happened.

Killed in the 7:35 a.m. accident in the 1400 block of North Main Street was 18-year-old Alan G. Hopf, of 2215 S. 600W. The Duff-area driver was pronounced dead at the scene by the Dubois County Coroner’s Office.

The crash was the fourth fatal roadway accident in Dubois County within the previous nine days. Six people lost their lives in those crashes.

The 2005 Pontiac the teen was driving in Tuesday’s Huntingburg crash was involved in a collision with a 2009 Subaru driven by 39-year-old Tammy L. Fehribach of 8488 Elpers Road, Dale, according to authorities. Police said Fehribach suffered serious but non-life threatening injuries. She was taken by ambulance to Memorial Hospital in Jasper and was later transferred by LifeFlight helicopter to St. Mary’s Medical Center in Evansville, according to police. A hospital spokeswoman said she was in serious condition Wednesday but there was no information regarding her available today.

The third vehicle involved in the accident was a 2002 Mitsubishi driven by 39-year-old Kathryn M. Burnett of Tennyson, according to Huntingburg police. Officers said she signed a refusal form declining transport by ambulance but was later taken to Memorial Hospital by a friend for non-life threatening injuries.

The Huntingburg Volunteer Fire Department, Dubois County Sheriff’s Department, Indiana State Police and Memorial Hospital Emergency Medical Services assisted at the scene.

The accident remains under investigation.

Authorities said the accident totaled the Pontiac and the Subaru and caused an estimated $5,000 in damage to the Mitsubishi.

The Christmas Eve fatality brought the county’s roadway death toll for 2013 to 10, which is the second-highest fatality total in Dubois County in more than 20 years; 11 people died on Dubois County roads in 2004.

Contact Bill Powell.

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