2014-10-28 / Front Page

Spencer Woman Suffers Fatal Injuries In October 22 Collision On U.S. 231N

by Michael Stanley
Staff Writer


Area firemen work to extinguish a fire inside one of two vehicles involved in a head-on collision October 22 on U.S. 231 North, a short distance south of Kirby Road. (Staff Photo) Area firemen work to extinguish a fire inside one of two vehicles involved in a head-on collision October 22 on U.S. 231 North, a short distance south of Kirby Road. (Staff Photo) A rural Spencer woman was fatally injured in a head-on collision October 22 on U.S. 231 North in northeastern Montgomery Township.

The woman’s two young sons, ages six and four, were trapped inside the wrecked vehicle when bystanders rushed to their aid, pulling one boy from the wreckage and using available fire extinguishers to keep a vehicle fire at bay while an area firefighter pulled the second boy out of the vehicle.

Area emergency personnel responded to the scene shortly after 5:00 p.m. where a white Jeep Cherokee, driven by Jamie Luthe of South Cataract Road, had rolled multiple times before striking a silver Hyundai Sante Fe, operated by 59-year-old Allen Davidson of Sandborn, Indiana.

According to information obtained on the scene from Indiana State Police Trooper Randy VanArsdale and witness reports he received, Luthe’s vehicle had been southbound when it left the west side of the roadway, over corrected and crossed left of center. The vehicle over corrected a second time and then a third, rolling over two to three times before striking Davidson’s northbound vehicle. Davidson had attempted to avoid the crash by leaving the east side of the highway when the two vehicles collided, sending the Jeep end over end twice before it caught fire. The Hyundai also rolled onto its side.


An IU Health LifeLine helicopter lands in a soybean field along U.S. 231 North to transport patients involved in a head-on collision. (Staff Photo) An IU Health LifeLine helicopter lands in a soybean field along U.S. 231 North to transport patients involved in a head-on collision. (Staff Photo) Luthe was pronounced dead on the scene by Owen County deputy coroners. Luthe’s two sons were transported by IU Health LifeLine helicopter to Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis, while Davidson’s wife was transported by an AirEvac Lifeteam helicopter to Putnam County Hospital. No other injuries were believed to be life-threatening.

Emergency units responding to the scene included the Owen County EMS and Rescue Team, Owen County Sheriff’s Department, Indiana State Police, Owen Valley Volunteer Fire Department, Cloverdale Township VFD and the Gosport VFD.

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