Trooper uninjured, Missouri couple hurt in SR 46 accident

Sunday, September 22, 2013
The front end of an Indiana State Police vehicle driven by Master Trooper Matthew K. Ames is heavily damaged following a Sunday afternoon accident on State Road 46 in Clay County.

CORY -- Shortly before 2 p.m. Sunday, an Indiana State Police trooper and a motorist collided on State Road 46 near County Road 525 West near Cory in western Clay County.

The crash reportidly resulted in non-life threatening injuries to a Missouri couple.

Preliminary investigation determined that ISP Master Trooper Matthew K. Ames, 42, of Terre Haute, was operating his ISP 2012 Chevrolet Tahoe with all his emergency lighting activated, eastbound on SR 46 near CR 525W.

Ames was attempting to pass a 2011 Chrysler Town and Country van driven by Bill Tripp, 57, Ellington, Mo.

Tripp abruptly slowed and made a left turn in front of the trooper's vehicle, which was passing on the left.

Ames attempted to avoid impact by steering to right but collided with the right rear of the van.

Master Trooper Ames was passing the Tripp vehicle while attempting to catch up to and stop a speeding motorist traveling in front of the Tripp vehicle.

Tripp and his wife Hazel Tripp (age unavailable) were transported to Terre Haute Regional Hospital for treatment of possible non-life threatening injuries.

The crash was investigated by ISP Sgt. Chris Wright. Assisting were ISP Master Trooper Troy Cobb, Trans Care EMS and the Cory Fire Department.

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  • Appearances of a tainted investigation should have been avoided by having an external agency conduct the investigation. The integrity of the ISP will suffer, whether whole and accurate or not, because of this conflict of interest.

    -- Posted by Lyonesse on Mon, Sep 23, 2013, at 6:48 AM
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