News From Terre Haute, Indiana

January 1, 2013

Semi totals deputy’s car

Staff Report
The Tribune-Star


A Vigo County sheriff’s deputy received minor injuries when his vehicle was struck by a semi-trailer early Saturday on U.S. 41 near Indiana 246 in southern Vigo County.

Deputy Jim Haley was treated at a local hospital and released following the 3:35 a.m. incident.

Chief Deputy Clark Cottom reports that Haley was dispatched with the Linton Township Fire Department to a possible car fire. Dispatchers told responding units that all occupants were out of the vehicle, and one occupant was a 10-month-old child.

When Haley and the fire department arrived on the scene, Cottom reported, Indiana State Police Sgt. Tom Hannon already had the occupants sitting in his police car. Since Hannon’s vehicle was sitting at the bottom of a hill, Haley then repositioned his police car with all emergency lights activated about one-eighth of a mile north of Hannon to provide greater visibility to approaching motorists.

ISP Trooper Mike Taylor arrived at the scene, and Hannon was going to transport the occupants of the vehicle to Linton in Greene County, while Taylor stood by for a wrecker for the disabled vehicle.

A tow truck arrived at the scene, stopping in the passing lane of U.S. 41 next to the state troopers, blocking all southbound lanes. At that time, Haley reportedly saw a southbound semi traveling at a high rate of speed approaching his police vehicle. Haley sounded his air horn to alert the troopers at the bottom of the hill of the approaching semi, which was pulling two trailers.

As the semi passed Haley’s vehicle, the second trailer slid in the snow and crashed into the rear of the police vehicle, causing substantial damage to the rear of Haley’s police car.

Preliminary estimates are that the damaged police car is a total loss.

The driver of the semi was cited for driving too fast to avoid a collision.