Semi Crashes Into Home

SULLIVAN, IN - Sullivan Co. Sheriff's officials continued their investigation Monday closely examining the remains of a crashed semi-tractor trailer.

This in efforts to better determine the cause of the crash Sunday evening.

At 7:59 P.M. Sunday, Sullivan County 911 dispatch received a frantic call from the homeowner of 758 W. Washington St. reporting that a semi had crashed into her home.

The semi driver was headed northbound on U.S. 41. Investigators believe the driver suffered a medical condition which caused him to leave the roadway crashing into the home.

Emergency personnel worked for 45 minutes to free the trapped driver.

In today's follow-up investigation, Indiana State Police Motor Carrier Enforcement Trooper Tyler Van Ness and Vigo Co. Sheriff Deputy Larry Hopper assisted Sullivan County Chief Jason Bobbitt and Sheriff Clark Cottom in examining the semi-tractor and trailer, which were destroyed in the crash.

Sheriff Cottom identified the driver of the semi-tractor as Daryl Shorter, 59, of Carlisle, IN.

Shorter remains hospitalized at Terre Haute Regional Hospital with internal injuries and a broken leg.

Investigators have learned that Shorter was driving with a suspended drivers license at the time of the crash. A passenger in the semi-tractor has been identified as Caleb Hancock, 23, of Carlisle, IN. He was treated and released from Regional Hospital late Sunday.

Sheriff Cottom said officers will continue their investigation while awaiting toxicology reports.

Once complete, investigators will forward their findings to the Sullivan County Prosecutor for review.
The home was badly damaged and remains non-livable as of now.


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