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March 25, 2014

Terre Haute man seriously injured in I-70 crash

Driver lost control of vehicle because of ice on bridge

TERRE HAUTE — A Terre Haute man was seriously injured in a crash on Interstate 70 in Putnam County Tuesday morning.

Scott A. Dixon, 55, was transported by ambulance to Terre Haute Regional Hospital with head, chest, internal and upper extremity injuries following the 9:33 a.m. accident, Indiana State Police said, He was transferred to Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis shortly after 3 p.m.

Master Trooper Jason Schoffstall said Dixon was driving an eastbound van near the 41-mile marker when he lost control because of ice on a bridge. The van traveled through the median and struck the trailer of a westbound box trailer. The driver of the empty box trailer – 65-year-old Darrell E. Smith of Salem, Ill. –  was not injured.

Schoffstall came upon the crash and radioed for medical and fire rescue assistance before the trooper began administering first aid. Dixon was extricated from the vehicle by Cloverdale Fire Rescue.

The crash location had no cable barriers to prevent vehicles from crossing the median. Alcohol and drugs were not a factor.


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