2012-05-08 / Front Page

Dog Strays Onto I-70 Causing Early Monday Morning Crash

On Monday, May 7, at 9:24 a.m., Indiana State Police troopers and emergency agencies responded to a two-vehicle crash on Interstate 70 near the 51- mile marker in Morgan County. The crash resulted in injuries to one of the drivers and the death of a canine.

A preliminary investigation by ISP Trooper Adam Edwards revealed a gold 2010 Chevrolet Malibu, driven by Peggy St. John, 52, of Cloverdale, had been eastbound in the passing lane near the 51- mile marker when a stray dog entered the roadway from the south. Ms. St- John abruptly applied her brakes, reportedly coming to a near stop and was struck in the rear by a 2012 Freightliner tractor driven by Douglas E. Phillips, 52, of West Terre Haute. The tractor was pulling an empty grain trailer with the combination owned by Graham Feed of Terre Haute.

Peggy St. John was transported by Putnam County Operation Life to St. Vincent South in Indianapolis for neck injuries. Douglas Phillips was not injured. Drugs and alcohol were not a factor and no citations were issued. The dog was struck during the crash and perished.

ISP Master Trooper Matt Ames conducted a commercial motor vehicle inspection of the tractortrailer and driver and found no deficiencies.

Assisting were ISP Master

David Furnas, Morgan County Sheriff’s Office, and the Jefferson Township Fire Department. Trans Care Ambulance was passing by the scene as the crash occurred and rendered aid until the arrival of Putnam County Operation Life.

Under the law, criminal charges are merely accusations and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

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