INDOT workers escape serious crash with minor injuries

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Four INDOT workers escaped with only minor injuries when a pickup struck the truck in which they were working was hit by another pickup late Tuesday afternoon.

The other drive and his passenger were airlifted to and Indianapolis hospital.

At 2:53 p.m., the four workers were in an INDOT truck in the emergency lane at the 48.5 mile-marker with its emergency lights activated. The INDOT workers were performing road maintenance in the area.

Despite the seriousness of the crash, four INDOT workers were not severely injured in a Tuesday-afternoon crash on Interstate 70. The statuses of the other driver and his passenger are not known.
Courtesy Indiana State Police

The driver of the INDOT truck, John Sadler, 39, of Reelsville, said that through his rearview mirror, he observed a pickup truck travel off the driving lane of the Interstate and onto the emergency lane.

The driver of this vehicle, Aaron L. Cass, 40, of Bowling Green, was westbound on when for an unknown reason he drifted out of the driving lane and into the emergency lane.

Master Trooper Dujan Presley-McFadden determined that Cass was traveling at a high rate of speed.

Sadler said he was able to observe Cass’s pickup truck continue its path, traveling westbound in the emergency lane, eventually striking the INDOT truck in the rear. The impact of this collision caused the INDOT truck to roll over on its roof.

Due to injuries sustained from the accident, one occupant of the INDOT truck was transported to Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis, and three occupants were transported to Regional Hospital in Terre Haute. None of their injuries were believed to be life-threatening.

Cass and a passenger in his vehicle received injuries from the accident and were transported to Methodist Hospital by an air ambulance.

The Indiana State Police did not report on their condition, nor did it supply the names of the passengers of either vehicle.

Cass was unable to be interviewed by Master Trooper Pressley-McFadden due to medical services being rendered.

He received a citation for unsafe lane movement.

The Indiana State Police wish to remind drivers of the “Move Over Law” which requires drivers to move to an adjacent lane away from the emergency workers when possible.

If the lane is occupied, then reduce speed to 10 mph below the posted speed limit and proceed through the area with caution, so that a safe working environment can be provided for the emergency personnel working.

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  • Does the banner need to hire an editor?

    -- Posted by myjaylantt on Wed, Jun 19, 2019, at 2:51 PM
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    LOL - careful there Myjaylantt... they are kind of sensitive about such things.

    I have repeatedly called them out on their lack of editing only to be met with excuses and no long-term remediation.

    They will, however, be happy to edit after the fact.

    I even tried to assuage their sense defensiveness by stating that it isn't just them... go to the Fox59 news site and you will find some of the most atrocious editing ever witnessed for a professional organization.

    Likely the BG will claim they are simply a small-town newspaper, struggling to make ends meet and therefore must rely on their writers to self-edit.

    Then it will be: "do you want bad editing or no newspaper?"

    -- Posted by dreadpirateroberts on Wed, Jun 19, 2019, at 4:02 PM
  • Sorry both of you above feel this way. I think both of you need to spend 24 hours in an editors shoes. Or spend the day following these editors. No one is perfect. And comments like you make on here do nothing but boost your own ego. You must spend more time proof reading their articles instead of actually reading them for the content. I for one appreciate all our local newspaper does for our town.

    -- Posted by Nit on Wed, Jun 19, 2019, at 7:56 PM
  • These errors should have been corrected by the writer, not the editor. This would not be acceptable from a junior high school english student, let alone a professional journalist. If we as a society keep lowering the standards, soon there will be no standards left. If the job is too difficult, perhaps a career change is in order rather than making excuses for poor performance.

    -- Posted by VolunteerFF on Thu, Jun 20, 2019, at 6:40 AM
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    Physician, heal thyself... "sense OF defensiveness". LOL. (I don't think anyone claimed perfection or asked for such... we would just like articles that are properly edited.)

    NIT, the thing is - they get paid to do this. We don't. (Perhaps we should... $.50 per edit mistake found and reported.)

    Its not that we proofread for the sake of proofreading... its that we READ the articles, we don't interpret them. Words have meanings and grammar is a thing for a reason.

    And I don't need an ego boost...but a nice ego stroke now and again is always appreciated.

    -- Posted by dreadpirateroberts on Thu, Jun 20, 2019, at 8:27 AM
  • The comments were as interesting as the article. Another great reason to keep reading the BG!

    -- Posted by Prince of Stardust Hills on Fri, Jun 21, 2019, at 1:14 AM
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