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Stopped Semi Leads To Crash

Posted On June 04, 2014

Indiana State Police photo

Indiana State Police photo

(Ripley County, Ind.) – A crash at the intersection of State Roads 129 and 48 in Ripley County injured two people Wednesday afternoon.

A semi was southbound on SR 129 at the intersection at about 1:24 p.m., Indiana State Police Sgt. Noe Houze said. The semi was stopped and preparing to make a left turn to go east on SR 48, however, the driver may have been confused due to a detour sign indicating SR 48 was closed approximately four miles east.

As the semi remained stopped in the roadway a 2008 Ford F350 pickup truck driven by Roger D. Linville, 66, of Osgood was also southbound behind the semi. Linville started passing the semi on the right to continue southbound on SR 129. At the same time, a 2012 Chevrolet Equinox driven by Charles R. Tuttle, 68, was westbound on SR 48 and came through the intersection in front of the semi to continue west, leading to a collision between the pickup and the SUV.

Tuttle complained of pain in his chest due to seat belt and airbag deployment, trooper said. His wife, Mary Lee Tuttle, 64, suffered apparent non-life threatening head and shoulder injuries and was transported to Margaret Mary Health in Batesville by Batesville Rescue 10. 

Linville was uninjured.

The crash is still under investigation by Indiana State Police.

State police were assisted at the scene by the Ripley County Sheriff’s Department, Delaware Community Fire Department, Batesville Fire Department, and Rescue 10.