GREENSBURG – Driver inattention was the cause of a two-vehicle accident that shut down a portion of Michigan Avenue Wednesday afternoon, according to Greensburg Police Department (GPD) Officer Wayne Davis.
At the scene, Greensburg Fire Department Assistant Fire Chief Brian Wenning reported that a 1994 Ford F-150 pickup truck driven by a 67-year-old male, was traveling north on Michigan Avenue when he was rear-ended by a 17-year-old driver in a 1994 Ford Explorer, also traveling north. Further information about the identity of the drivers was not available as of press time.
The 67-year-old driver was the sole occupant of the pickup truck. The Explorer contained the 17-year-old driver as well as 13 and 15-year-old passengers. The juvenile driver reported that the truck was stopped when he turned onto Michigan Avenue and then let off the brakes. Thinking the truck was accelerating, the juvenile driver sped up. When the pickup truck again came to a stop, the collision occurred.
The pickup truck sustained damage to the rear bumper and tailgate, but was still drivable. The Explorer sustained significant damage to the front bumper and hood and was not able to be driven after the accident.
No serious injuries were reported by the occupants of the Explorer, but the driver of the pickup truck was taken to Decatur County Memorial Hospital to be evaluated for injuries. No further information about his condition was available as of press time.
Contact: Amanda Browning 812-663-3111 x7004