Huntingburg woman among injured in Pike crash

Photo courtesy Indiana State Police
A Huntingburg woman and a Pike County teen were injured late Monday morning when the pickup truck they occupied went left of center and collided with a  semi tractor-trailer in a fatigue-related crash.

By BILL POWELL
Herald Staff Writer

ARTHUR — A Huntingburg woman and a Pike County teen were injured late Monday morning when the pickup truck they occupied went left of center and collided with a  semi tractor-trailer in a fatigue-related crash.

Joshua Miller, 18, of Petersburg was northbound on State Road 61 in a 2006 Chevrolet Silverado when the 11:30 a.m. accident occurred half a mile south of Pike County Road 800S, according to Indiana State Police. The accident took place about halfway between the Arthur Junction and Spurgeon.

Police said a preliminary investigation determined Miller nodded off behind the wheel and the pickup truck went left of center. Christopher Hadfield, 33, of Elberfeld observed the truck over the centerline and attempted to avoid it with the southbound 2000 Sterling tractor-trailer he was driving.

Hadfield steered partially off the roadway but the truck collided with the semi trailer’s left rear axle, police said.

After the initial collision, the demolished pickup truck spun around and stopped on the east side of State Road 61.

Miller was taken to Deaconess Hospital in Evansville to be treated for non-life-threatening injuries. A hospital spokeswoman said he was in fair condition today. His passenger, 22-year-old Emily Jacob, of 2076 E. 660S, Huntingburg, was taken by ambulance to Memorial Hospital in Jasper where, police said, she was treated and released.

Hadfield was not injured.

Police said everyone involved in the crash was wearing seat belts.

State Road 61 was closed for about two hours while troopers investigated the crash. The Pike County Sheriff’s Department assisted.





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