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Accident on U.S. 36 kills one, injures two

Friday, August 26, 2011

This white pick-up truck slammed into a grain semi truck on U.S. 36 at about 3:45 p.m. Thursday west of Morton. [Order this photo]
MORTON -- A fatal accident west of Morton Thursday afternoon took the life of the passenger of a pick-up truck and resulted in injuries to the drivers of the truck and a grain semi.

According to Putnam County Sheriff's Department Deputy Phillip Troyer, the grain truck driver, Richard Hix of Danville, Ill., was stopped, facing west near 5708 U.S. 36, about 3:45 p.m.

Hix, who was sitting in a Crop Transport semi truck, was waiting for an eastbound school bus to finish dropping off students along U.S. 36.

Kenny Comp, the driver of the 4MC Corp. pick-up truck, apparently did not notice the stopped semi until too late and swerved to avoid the back of the semi trailer.

In trying to avoid the semi, the trailer attached to the back of Comp's truck caught the back of the semi and swung the pick-up truck's passenger side into the middle of and partially under the semi.

A passenger in the pick-up truck, identified Friday as Andrew Clark of Decatur, Ill., was fatally injured at the scene.

Comp was airlifted to St. Vincent Hospital, Indianapolis. As of Friday afternoon, he was in stable condition.

Hix was transported to Putnam County Hospital by ambulance.

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Wow, if only people would drive more responible. I am so sorry for that passenger and all the people who loved him. May Jehovah bring them some comfort.

-- Posted by BlackBarbie22 on Fri, Aug 26, 2011, at 8:16 AM

Illinois Driver...It sounds like that this could have been worse? School Bus dropping of children and this truck passed into the direction of an eastbound Bus? Anything about the students seeing this happen, hope they are doing well also!

Watch Out for the School Busses!!

-- Posted by macvrod on Fri, Aug 26, 2011, at 8:25 AM

Yes, it does sound like it could have been worse. Glad no kids were injured. Best wishes to the family of the deceased.

-- Posted by Clovertucky on Fri, Aug 26, 2011, at 8:35 AM

Please pray for the injured, the family and friends of the deceased and all those involved.

-- Posted by nanamom on Fri, Aug 26, 2011, at 9:34 AM

shutterbug, they didn't even get the name of the town right (photo caption), why would they get the other names right? This is the Banner we're talking about; a paper that continues to exist solely because there's no other daily news source in the area.

-- Posted by Clovertucky on Fri, Aug 26, 2011, at 12:09 PM

Please call the Banner and have the names corrected because I believe you are correct, out of respect they should do that. As a member of the fire dept.that responded, my condolences go out to the families and victims of this accident.

-- Posted by infiremanemt on Fri, Aug 26, 2011, at 12:13 PM

Whatever facts are missing or in dispute here, you don't get that level of damage from a low speed impact. Sorry that anyone was hurt, let alone lost their life, but it could have been a lot worse if that truck had successfully passed the semi and gone on toward the stopped school bus that was unloading children.

My prayers go out to the families of those involved.

-- Posted by VolunteerFF on Fri, Aug 26, 2011, at 12:21 PM

The lawyers will figure it all out......

-- Posted by kubotafan on Fri, Aug 26, 2011, at 2:29 PM

I was on the bus-in the back seat- and nobody saw the wreck happen. Our bus was not facing Eastbound. We were heading west, so the driver of the Chevy truck didn't know. It was an innocent mistake, and our prayers go out to the victims' families.

-- Posted by JustinHoop on Fri, Aug 26, 2011, at 4:11 PM

This was about .5 miles West of MORTON, and yes, this is right. It is a small town, with like, 200 residence. And I was on the bus, and we were facing Westbound, not eastbound. Nobody on the bus saw it happen.

-- Posted by JustinHoop on Fri, Aug 26, 2011, at 4:24 PM

I am a co-worker with the guys involved. The amount of time it takes to slow down a trailor is harder than u think. What happend was a tragedy. Nothing can be done now but just to pray for the family of the lost and a fast recovery for the living. Maybe God put that semi there for a reason,(to protect the children). I know for fact that Comp would never mean to put ANYONE in danger. It was no bodies fault, RIP Andrew Clark(Buck) Local 742.

-- Posted by ArganbrightB. on Fri, Aug 26, 2011, at 6:10 PM

I'm not sure where the the newspaper got their information but obviously SOME OF IT IS WRONG! Especially the article that was posted earlier this morning! JustinHoop is exactly right about the school bus. What actually happened was that there were several cars following behind the school bus HEADED WESTBOUND ON 36 JUST WEST OF MORTON. We were currently stopped and had been stopped for about 40 seconds before the impact occurred. I was in front of the grain truck- there was one other car between us. I did not witness the actual impact but heard it and jumped out of the car as soon as I heard it happen. The bus had already continued along since there was traffic headed eastbound as the impact occurred. I suspect what happened was the driver of the pick up truck was not paying attention and didn't realize the westbound traffic was still stopped and since he couldn't stop in time tried to avoid hitting the back of the grain truck veared over into the left lane, however there was on coming traffic approaching since the school bus was continuing on. There was another pick up truck headed eastbound and instead of hitting that truck head on, the driver must have tried to either brake and his trailer got caught on the back of the grain truck or he decided to serve towards the semi in order to avoid hitting the other pick up truck head on. Either way he was going pretty fast since he was unable to control his vehicle. My thoughts are with all of those who were involved. I also hope that the lady bystander that was actively trying to do all she could is ok emotionally speaking- she was not injured. I know she saw some pretty graphic things at the scene. THANK YOU!

-- Posted by LC2011 on Fri, Aug 26, 2011, at 6:32 PM

I'm was driving the auto right behind the school bus (we were West bound) yesterday, The school bus driver slowed the bus a safe distance before stopping the school bus--- yellow lights then red lights---child got off the bus, child's Mother was waiting on child to get off bus--watched that child and mother walk back across the highway---then I heard the crash and FELT the concussion from it,, at that very moment I looked in my driver side mirror to see the pickup emerging and exploding in parts from the rear of the grain semi trailer---I pulled my car off the road and dialed 911 at 3:45 to report the accident!!!! I heard no

skidding tires at all---just the impact of the crash!!! I believe this driver was totally distracted and never had time to hit his brakes before he drove into the back of the semi. Weather was perfect,,, it was on a straight stretch of the road,,, I just don't way he didn't see us... School Bus, Me, 2nd car, then semi, that was the order we were stopped. Prayers go out to all involved...

-- Posted by mlpajp123 on Fri, Aug 26, 2011, at 7:10 PM

THANK YOU JustinHoop. They are so many inconsiderate people out there. and for all of you karma is not nice. It could have been you and or your family so reconsider you snide remarks before you decide to post.

-- Posted by sisterofvic on Fri, Aug 26, 2011, at 8:27 PM

I am JustinHoop's mom...I would like ArganbrightB, LC2011, and Sisterofvic to know I think the kids on the bus are all emotionally fine and many of them as well as my family are all praying for you and your families. We are terribly sorry for your loss. ArganBrightB: I agree that your friend would never mean to put anyone in danger and I believe he was trying his best to stop and didn't know which way to turn to avoid hitting a vehicle or pedestrian in any direction. My son (JustinHoop) said it best: It was an innocent mistake. Prayers to all. Sisterofvic: Our deepest sympathy and prayers.

-- Posted by T Hoop on Fri, Aug 26, 2011, at 11:23 PM

I personally knew both of the men in the pickup truck. Comp is a good man. He would do anything for anyone. To the people who made negative remarks about this accident...shame on you.

mlpajp123, you said, "I heard no skidding tires at all---just the impact of the crash!!! I believe this driver was totally distracted and never had time to hit his brakes before he drove into the back of the semi. Weather was perfect,,, it was on a straight stretch of the road,,, I just don't way he didn't see us... School Bus, Me, 2nd car, then semi, that was the order we were stopped." You can't possibly have any idea what was going on in that truck, or how he reacted during those crucial moments...You should never assume you know the situation.

Accident's happen. This was nobody's fault. Instead of putting blame on someone, lets come together and pray for those involved. RIP Andrew Clark, you will be missed.

-- Posted by gcmomof2 on Sat, Aug 27, 2011, at 2:20 AM

Makes me think by the comments that if there were several vechiles behind the bus that maybe there should be a school corporation policy or state law that if 10 vehicles or more are behind the bus that they pull off the road when it's safe to do so. By doing that, they get rid of the huge traffic backlog and then they can proceed. When there's a backlog of traffic, people begin to get impatient, vision is slightly more obstructed than normal creating hazards that can be avoided.

-- Posted by purple_heat on Sat, Aug 27, 2011, at 3:33 PM

My family & I have these men in our prayers! Comp is a good man & we pray for a speedy recovery! We pray for Andrews family as they get through this trying time!

-- Posted by momofjdp on Sat, Aug 27, 2011, at 11:47 PM

Not a time to place blame....just pray for those involved. Lives were changed forever as the result of this. Our prayers go out to all....may God be with you.

-- Posted by John3:16 on Sun, Aug 28, 2011, at 12:01 PM

I am Andrew's Mother and I thank all of you for your prayers. Please remember that NO ONE is to blame. Accidents happen. My heart is broken beyond words but I have God to carry me through life without Andrew. God had molded him into an awesome person and he will be missed greatly by many. His smile will live on in our memories forever!

-- Posted by Andrew's Mom on Thu, Sep 1, 2011, at 10:50 PM

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