By Frank Denzler Rushville Republican
---- — The report of a single vehicle accident was received at the county dispatch center, shortly after 6:30 p.m. Saturday and resulted in multiple emergency departments responding to the 3000 block of south CR 800E.
According to investigating officer Rush County deputy Daniel Meyer, Richard L. Tanksley, 56, of Glenwood, was traveling southbound when for unknown reasons his vehicle, a 1970 Chevrolet pickup truck, left the west-side of the two-lane county road and entered a deep culvert.
As the vehicle began a downward decent of nearly 10 feet, the front passenger side of the truck dug into the embankment causing the vehicle to roll one complete time before coming to rest on the driver’s side facing south, pinning the driver in the truck.
In an effort to remove the driver from the vehicle, responders had to remove the steering wheel.
The investigation found that Tanksley was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash and that alcohol may have played a role in the accident.
Following treatment at the scene by medical personnel from RMH Ambulance and Glenwood Volunteer Fire Department for what was described as a possible head injury and multiple lacerations, the Glenwood man was transferred to a nearby air ambulance for transport to an Indianapolis trauma center.
The full extent of his injuries was unknown at press time Monday.
Assisting at the scene were units from the GVFD, RCSD, RMH Ambulance, Stat Flight and Davis Towing.
Contact: Frank Denzler @ 765.932.2222 x106.