Precipitation that fell throughout the early to mid evening hours Wednesday gave way to clear skies and cold conditions with temperatures dropping into the upper 20’s overnight and as a result area roadways turned slick and hazardous causing numerous accidents and slide-offs .
The first reported accident took place last night along County Road 190 North about a half mile north of 15th Street in Jasper.
The Dubois County Sheriff’s Department says just after 9:30 pm 16-year old Morgan Brown of Jasper was westbound on County Road 190 North when she told deputies she was unable to maintain control of her vehicle around a curve. Deputies say Brown’s passenger car slid off the south-side of the roadway, struck an embankment and overturned coming to a rest upright against a utility pole.
Authorities believe speed too fast for weather conditions and some minor black ice were factors in the crash.
Brown was treated at the scene by Memorial Hospital EMS but refused to be taken to the hospital by ambulance. The car was thought to be a total loss.
No charges were filed.
Jasper Police also assisted deputies at the scene.
Then just minutes before 4 o’clock this morning deputies responded to another rollover accident along State Road 56 about two miles east of Haysville where black ice too was believed to have been a factor.
Deputies with the Dubois County Sheriff’s Department report 52-year old David Salmon of Stendal, was eastbound along State Road 56 when he lost control of his mid-size pickup while driving over a patch of black ice.
Authorities say the truck slid off the north side of the highway and rolled onto its top.
Salmon complained to deputies of chest pains.
He was taken by ambulance to Memorial Hospital in Jasper for treatment where he was treated and released.
Due to the accident State Road 56 was closed east of Haysville till the scene could be cleared.
The Haysville Volunteer Fire Department and Memorial Hospital Emergency Medical Services assisted at the scene.
Also an additional rollover accident believed to have been caused by black ice as well was reported around 4:30 this morning along State Road 162 just south of the Maltersville area. Details about that accident have yet to be released.