An E911 call from a passing motorist reported a three-vehicle accident in the 2000 block of South SR 3 to the Rush County dispatch center. The accident claimed the life of a Bluffton man, later identified as Jed D. Olvey, 63.
According to witnesses to the accident, Olvey’s Saturn was northbound when, for unknown reasons, it crossed the centerline and struck the rear axle of a southbound tractor trailer driven by Jonathan E. Stivers, 51, of Bargerstown, Kentucky. The force of the initial impact caused Olvey’s vehicle to spin into the path of a second southbound vehicle - 2011 Ford Expedition driven by Rob Puckett, 52, of Milroy.
Following the initial impact, the tractor trailer traveled nearly 200 yards before coming to a stop. Puckett’s vehicle sustained extensive damage to the front driver’s side axle and came to rest nearly 85 yards from the point of impact.
“I was about five vehicle lengths behind the semi when I saw the vehicle cross over the centerline and then saw it spinning toward me. The semi driver and I both tried to avoid the collision, but could not get out of the way. When we hit, I just tried to keep my vehicle from going into the other lane and oncoming traffic,” Puckett said.
Olvey sustained multiple trauma injuries in the collision. As medical personnel on the scene worked to stabilize the motorist’s injuries, members of the Rushville Fire Department and Rushville Township Volunteer Department had to remove the roof of the Bluffton man’s vehicle to extricate the driver from the car.
As the result of his injuries, Olvey was pronounced dead at the scene a short time later. Puckett sustained an unspecified left hand injury, and following treatment at the scene, went by a personal vehicle to Rush Memorial Hospital for additional treatment. Stivers was not injured.