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June 6, 2014

UPDATE: Distracted driving crash results in one death, one critically injured

One person is dead and a second critically injured following a two-vehicle crash at 9:15 this morning at Indiana 63 and Indiana 234.

Joshua R. Ellis, 29, of Williamsport was pronounced dead at Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis, while a passenger in his vehicle, Richard A. Ogborn, 29, also of Williamsport was in critical condition. Both were airlifted to Methodist Hospital. Ogborn was reported to have suffered head and internal injuries, Indiana State Police Sgt. Joe Watts reports.

Preliminary toxicology reports indicated Ellis tested positive for marijuana. Witness reports indicated Ellis appeared to be using his cell phone at the time of the crash, Watts reports.

Cory Bushong, 43, of Hooperston, Ill., was driving a tractor-trailer northbound on Indiana 63 when a 1995 Geo Prism driven by Ellis pulled into the path of the tractor-trailer.

The passenger car was struck broadside on the driver’s side. Both Ellis, the driver, and Ogborn were extricated from the vehicle by members of the Cayuga Fire/Rescue Department with assistance from Perrysville Fire/Rescue Department. They were transported to Union Hospital Clinton with critical injuries before being flown to Indianapolis.

A commercial vehicle inspection of the tractor-trailer was conducted by ISP Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Trooper Brent Hoover with no deficiencies found and no citations issued. The tractor was a 2014 Kenworth pulling a grain trailer and operated by Herman Trucking LLC of Hoopeston, Ill. The load originated in Terre Haute and was headed for Hoopeston.

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