Driver flown out from crash scene on detour route

JACKSON TWP. — A driver was flown to a hospital after police say he passed a trash truck on Railroad Road, went airborne and struck a tree.

Danny R. Mars, 34, Unionville, had to be extricated from his truck at the intersection of State Road 45 and Railroad Road near Patriot Lane, an accident report by Brown County Sheriff’s Deputy Joe Jackson states. He arrived on scene at around 8:24 a.m. April 13.

The cab of the truck was wrapped around Mars’ upper torso and his arms were trapped above his head, the report said. Mars’ leg also was broken, Jackson reported.

A witness driving the trash truck told Jackson he was heading north on Railroad Road when Mars passed the trash truck at a “high rate of speed.”

Mars’ truck went off the left shoulder of the road, overcorrected and shot back across the road in front of the trash truck. The truck then went into the air and the front of it struck a tree, then spun around before landing and facing the opposite direction partially on the road and in a ditch, the report states.

After firefighters from Fruitdale and Jackson Township volunteer fire departments cut Mars out of the truck, he was transported to Indiana University Health Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis.

The truck was towed. Another truck was brought to the scene to pick up the material that was in the bed of Mars’ truck.

Railroad Road was closed for about two hours as the accident scene was cleared, the accident report states.

The speed limit is 30 mph on Railroad Road, which is being used as a detour around bridge reconstruction on State Road 135 North. Earlier this month the county commissioners approved lowering the speed limit on the whole road while it’s being used as a detour.

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Suzannah Couch grew up in Brown County, reading the Brown County Democrat. A 2013 Franklin College graduate, she covers business, cops/courts, education and arts/entertainment.