Batesville Herald Tribune, Batesville, Indiana

Homepage

April 25, 2008

Accident closes I-74

A one-vehicle crash near New Point Friday, April 25, claimed the life of a New Castle man.

“At 4:47 a.m. Decatur County Sheriff’s Dispatch received a call of a crash in the median on I-74,” reported Sgt. Noel Houze, Indiana State Police Versailles District public information officer.

The investigation revealed a 1995 Freightliner semi tractor pulling a flatbed trailer was being driven by Roger Mendl, 54, eastbound on I-74. “For unknown reasons the semi ran off the right side of the roadway. The driver then overcorrected and came back across the eastbound lanes into the median as the semi jackknifed and overturned,” Houze said. Mendl was trapped in the wreckage and pronounced dead at the scene by Decatur County Coroner’s Office officials.

A second accident occurred when the first semi crashed in the median. A westbound semi struck debris from the first incident, causing minor damage to its front end. No injuries resulted from the second crash.

Traffic was being diverted along State Road 46. I-74 was re-opened at about 9:45 a.m., he added.

The crash is being investigated by ISP Trooper Jason Hankins, who is being assisted by ISP motor carrier inspectors Robert Burkhead and Beverly Ochs. Also assisting at the scene were the Decatur County Sheriff’s Department, New Point Volunteer Fire Department and Indiana Department of Environmental Management.

The coroner’s office will be conducting an autopsy to determine if any medical conditions contributed to the crash, Houze noted.

1
Text Only
Local News
Must Read
Obituaries
hoegeman, tony obit.jpg

Anthony Hoegeman

Sports
spt - bv080114 - Lumbermen Pudge Pitching

(Above) Mathew "Pudge" Fullenkamp pitched a winning game vs. the Rising Sun Belle River Baseball Club to achieve a 3-0 record for the season.

Features
nws - bv080114 - roell car

Megan Roell (from left) smiles big after arriving home Tuesday, July 29, with the new car her father won in a St. Jude Children's Research Hospital drawing. With her are boyfriend Jordan Hyland, mother Marta Roell, father Floyd Roell, brother Jason Roell and family dog Duke.

Featured Ads
NCAA Photo Roundup
NCAA Highlights
AP Video
Couple Channel Grief Into Soldiers' Retreat WWI Aviation Still Alive at Aerodrome in NY Raw: Rescuers at Taiwan Explosion Scene Raw: Woman Who Faced Death Over Faith in N.H. Clinton Before 9-11: Could Have Killed Bin Laden Netanyahu Vows to Destroy Hamas Tunnels Obama Slams Republicans Over Lawsuit House Leaders Trade Blame for Inaction Malaysian PM: Stop Fighting in Ukraine Cantor Warns of Instability, Terror in Farewell Ravens' Ray Rice: 'I Made a Huge Mistake' Florida Panther Rebound Upsets Ranchers Small Plane Crash in San Diego Parking Lot Busy Franco's Not Afraid of Overexposure Fighting Blocks Access to Ukraine Crash Site Dangerous Bacteria Kills One in Florida Workers Dig for Survivors After India Landslide Texas Scientists Study Ebola Virus Smartphone Powered Paper Plane Debuts at Airshow Southern Accent Reduction Class Cancelled in TN
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Facebook
Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.