Rushville Republican


May 23, 2014

Sleepy driver injured in collision

Although injured, a 30-year-old Connersville woman, April Vosser, escaped more serious injury when the vehicle she was driving collided with a tractor trailer shortly after 7:30 a.m. Thursday on SR 44.

A E911 call resulted in multiple agencies responding to the 4500 block of East SR 44. Once on the scene, responders from the Rush County Sheriff’s Department, Indiana State Police, Rushville Township Volunteer Fire Department and RMH Ambulance, found the intersection of the state road littered with debris. Vosser’s 2004 Toyota was extensively damaged and roughly 40 yards east of the point of impact. A damaged Fraley and Shilling tractor trailer was off the road partially in a south side ditch, an additional 50 yards from the collision site.

According to investigating officer ISP trooper Mike Ooley, the tractor trailer was driven by Rushville resident Shawn Miller and had just turned eastbound from CR 150S.

“The tractor trailer was getting up to road speed when it was struck by the eastbound vehicle,” Ooley said.

He continued by saying that Vosser saw the tractor trailer from a distance although was sleepy and doesn’t remember striking the vehicle.

“The driver said she was on her way home in Connersville and must have nodded off for a moment. She remembers seeing the vehicle in front of her and then nothing until impact,” Ooley said.

Following treatment at the scene for non-life threatening injuries, Vosser was transported to Rush Memorial Hospital. The full extent of her injuries was unknown at press time Thursday.

Following the investigation, it was learned that Vosser did not have insurance on her vehicle. As a consequence, she was cited for operating a motor vehicle without financial liability.

As a result of the collision, a nearly one-mile section of SR 44 was closed to east and west bound traffic for nearly one hour with traffic rerouted to nearby county roads.

Responding to the scene were units from the RCSD, ISP, RTVFD, RMH Ambulance and Davis Towing.

Contact: Frank Denzler @ 765.932.2222 x106.

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