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A head-on collision involving a 2011 Hino food delivery box truck and a 2001 Chevrolet Silverado pickup Tuesday afternoon resulted in the death of Michael Cody Combs, Rushville. The driver of the box delivery truck was identified as Mark A. Black, 33, of Greensburg. Black sustained injuries as a result of the accident; following treatment at the scene he was transported to Decatur County Memorial Hospital for unspecified injuries. It was learned Wednesday that he had since been released from the hospital. ISP trooper Mike Ooley said Combs was traveling northbound on the state road when his vehicle crossed the centerline, entered the southbound lane and struck the delivery truck head on. “The driver of the box truck said that he saw the pickup truck driver bend down as if to retrieve something from the passenger seat or floorboard of his truck just before impact,” Ooley said. The force of the impact caused extensive damage and interlocked the front of both trucks; also, it caused the engine compartment of Combs vehicle to ignite. Anderson Township Volunteer Fire Department personnel extinguished the fire as medical personnel tended to the injured. “At this early, preliminary stage of the investigation it is safe to say that the accident occurred in the southbound lane,” Ooley said. Following impact, both vehicles traveled roughly 40 feet and crossed back over the centerline before coming to rest on the east shoulder of the state road. Combs was pronounced dead at the scene as a result of multiple trauma related injuries. Traffic was rerouted around the accident scene to nearby county roads. The state road remained closed until shortly after 5 p.m. Although the investigation is ongoing at this time, Ooley said that drugs and alcohol are not believed to be factors in the accident. Assisting the ISP were the ATVFD, Rushville Township Volunteer Fire Department, Rush County Sheriff’s Department, Anderson Township medical personnel, ISP Commercial Vehicle Enforcement, RMH Ambulance, Rushville Police Department, Rush County Coroner Ann Moster and Davis Towing. Frank Denzler can be contacted at (765) 932-2222 ext. 106 or via e-mail at Visit our Web site at

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