Decatur County Sheriff’s Department news release on Friday’s fatal accident on S.R. 3

On Friday December 9, 2022, at 5:58pm the Decatur County Communication
Centers received a report of a two-vehicle accident on State Road 3, two miles north of
Westport. Law enforcement responded to the scene and found one vehicle in the grass, on
the west side of the roadway. A second vehicle was located in the south bound lane of
State Road 3. Fire and EMS units arrived to assist within minutes of the 9-1-1 call.
Occupants of both passenger vehicles were trapped inside their vehicles and
required extrication. The driver and passenger of the north bound vehicle were
transported to Decatur County Memorial Hospital. The driver of the south bound vehicle
was pronounced deceased on scene by medical units. A third vehicle, a semi-tractor and
trailer, was also found to be involved in the accident. The driver was uninjured.
The initial investigation determined that the north bound vehicle attempted to pass
a semi-tractor and trailer, also going north bound. While attempting to pass the semi, the
north bound vehicle struck the south bound vehicle head on. The north bound vehicle
then hit the semi before coming to rest in the south bound lane. Indiana State Police were
contacted to perform a full crash reconstruction. The investigation is ongoing.
The following agencies assisted in this investigation: Decatur County Sheriff’s
Office, Westport Police Department, Decatur County School Corporation Resource
Officer, Indiana State Police, Westport Volunteer Fire Department, Letts Volunteer Fire
Department, Decatur County EMS, Decatur County Communications Center and the
Decatur County Coroner’s Office.

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