Man saved after accident, truck fire

By Herald Staff

HAYSVILLE — A French Lick man was saved after his truck hit a tree near U.S. 231 and caught fire Monday afternoon.

Barry Nicholson, 59, complained of chest pain and was taken to Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center for injuries that were thought to be non-life threatening, The Dubois County Sheriff’s Office reported.

Nicholson was driving south on the state road just north of County Road 600 North at 1:50 p.m. He told Dubois County Sheriff's Office deputies that he believed he fell asleep.

His truck went off the west side of the road, hit a tree and caught fire. People who stopped to help Nicholson called 911. He was not injured from the fire, police said.

Police kept U.S. 231 closed for a little more than an hour while the scene was being cleared.

Nicholson’s 2007 Ford F-150 was a total loss. Wrecker service Uebelhor and Sons assisted at the scene, as did the Haysville Volunteer Fire Department, Memorial Emergency Medical Services and the Jasper Police Department.

No citations have been filed, pending further investigation and the results from toxicology reports, police said.

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