TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — Update: Two drivers were cited following a crash that sent one into a utility pole Monday.

The crash caused the shutdown of the intersection at S. 13th and Hulman streets in Terre Haute and damaged a utility pole forcing Duke Energy to replace it.

Both drivers have been cited for their roles in the incident with reckless and aggressive driving.

Vehicle 1, was a Chevrolet Tahoe driven by Bill A. Crouse, 31, of Terre Haute. Vehicle 2, was a Dodge Caliber driven by Nikolis G. Couthen, 21, of Terre Haute.

Couthen had to be removed from the Caliber by Terre Haute Fire Department personnel and was then taken to Union Hospital for evaluation.

Unsafe speed was listed as the primary factor in the crash. Nikolis Couthen has been charged with class C misdemeanor of reckless driving and class A misdemeanor of aggressive driving. Bill Crouse was charged with class A reckless driving and class A aggressive driving.


First update: As of 3:30 p.m. the intersection at S. 13th and Hulman streets has been re-opened.

Original: Traffic has been shut down at the intersection of S. 13th and Hulman streets in Terre Haute due to a crash.

Vigo County Dispatch confirmed the location of the incident and police are asking drivers to avoid the area while crews clean up. A white sedan struck a utility pole along 13th Street near the intersection with Hulman, Duke Energy’s Outage map showed 1 customer affected at that location at the time.

Duke Energy Government and Community Relations Manager Rick Burger confirmed that the incident caused the utility pole to crack and need to be replaced.

Little is known about the crash at this time, follow MyWabashValley.com as more information becomes available.