An Indiana State Police trooper’s vehicle was struck by another vehicle while the trooper was conducting a traffic stop on I-74 near Batesville Feb. 15 at about 10:45 a.m., according to Sgt. Stephen Wheeles, ISP Versailles District public information officer.
The initial investigation by Trooper Cameron McCreary indicated that Master Trooper Daniel Elmore was conducting a traffic stop on I-74 eastbound on a 2020 Peterbilt truck pulling a trailer, being driven by Roger Gladden, 58, Mint Hill, North Carolina, near the I-74 westbound rest park. The trooper’s 2013 Dodge Charger was parked behind Gladden’s trailer with emergency lights activated. Elmore was outside of his vehicle speaking to Gladden when a 2012 Dodge Caravan being driven by Juan Martinez, 44, Chicago, left the eastbound lanes and struck the rear of Elmore’s vehicle. The collision forced it into the back of Gladden’s trailer.
After the collision, the Dodge Caravan left the road’s south side before overturning. Elmore, Gladden and Martinez were not injured. Three people in Martinez’s vehicle were transported to Margaret Mary Health in Batesville for treatment of minor injuries. A 6-year-old child also in that vehicle was transported to Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center for treatment of serious but nonlife-threatening injuries.
The investigation is ongoing. Alcohol and drugs are not suspected to be factors in the crash although toxicology results are pending.
The Indiana State Police was assisted by the Batesville Police Department, Batesville Fire & Rescue, Ripley County EMS, Sunman fire department and EMS.