A report of a single vehicle accident shortly before 11 a.m. Tuesday resulted in emergency and fire personnel from Anderson Township and multiple law enforcement units from the Rush County Sheriff’s Department responding to the 10,000 block of South SR 3.
Responders found a 2007 Chevrolet pickup truck nearly 100 yards off the highway in an east side field.
The driver of the vehicle, Jerry F. Harnishfeger, 68, of Brookville, exited the truck following his harrowing ride and was assisted to a nearby residence by home owner Josh Hornaday to await medical personnel’s arrival.
According to RCSD deputy Duane Raab, Harnishfeger was northbound at a slow rate of speed when he left the east side of the roadway and entered a side ditch.
“The driver said he was traveling approximately 45 mph following a truck and must have dozed off because the next thing he remembered was being off the road,” Raab said.
After entering the ditch the vehicle struck two mail boxes, went through a guardrail, down an embankment, narrowly missed striking a stand of trees and crossed a creek before coming to a stop nearly 200 yards from where it initially left the road.
“He was a very fortunate individual. This accident could have had much more severe consequences,” the deputy said.
After treatment at the scene for facial lacerations and chest pain, Harnishfeger was transported to Rush Memorial Hospital. The full extent of his injuries were unknown at press time.