The report of a single vehicle rollover accident with the vehicle blocking a rural roadway was received at the county dispatch center shortly after noon Thursday.
The call resulted in multiple emergency departments responding to the 4000 block of West CR 900S. Initial responders could not locate the driver of the 1998 Chevrolet S15 pickup truck. Following the accident, the driver, 22-year-old Anthony Arnold, Milroy, and a passenger Chris Ervine, 35, of Rushville, exited the pickup and walked to a nearby residence.
According to Arnold, he was traveling eastbound at approximately 35 mph, on CR 900S when he encountered a westbound truck as he crested a hill. In his attempt to avoid a near head-on collision, the Milroy man turned his vehicle to the right and left the narrow county road.
“I just cut he wheel to the right and got off the road and the left front tire blew. I tried to regain control, but the vehicle crossed the road and rolled,” Arnold said.
According to investigator Rush County deputy Terry Drake, after crossing the county road, the truck struck a large rock. The vehicle came rest upright facing south on the east-west road.
Drake said that both the driver and passenger were wearing their seatbelts at the time of the accident and that had a dramatic impact on the lack of injuries.
After being checked by medical personnel at the scene, Arnold and Ervine refused additional treatment.
Assisting at the scene were multiple units from Anderson Township Volunteer Fire Department, RCSD and Davis Towing.
County law enforcement officers are quick to add that as area farmers begin the planting season, motorist should use additional caution on rural roads as large farm equipment and other agricultural related vehicles will add to congestion on rural and state roads in coming weeks.
Contact: Frank Denzler @ 765.932.2222 x106.