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Difficult rescue involving armored truck: Possible fatality

Thursday, April 21, 2005

Emergency workers race time struggling to pull a man from the back of an armored truck Thursday near Bowling Green.

Emergency workers, firemen and police officers raced against time Thursday morning to save the lives of two people in an armored truck that rolled off Indiana State Road 46 into a ditch near Bowling Green.

The accident resulted in blocked traffic in both directions for most of the afternoon.

An official at the Clay County Sheriff's Department said a report had not been filed Thursday afternoon because all of the officers involved were still at the scene.

Emergency Management Agency Director Bryan Husband arrived at the scene with the Lewis Township firefighters and helped remove a man from the back of the vehicle.

Thirty to 45 minutes elapsed before the man was taken out of the back of the vehicle.

Husband said inside the vehicle was "a secured box -- basically a steel box" that had to be removed in order to get the man out. Emergency workers used torches and then cutters to get the man out.

Husband said he thought the person in the backseat died, but the driver lived through the accident.

The man removed from the back of the vehicle was not moving when emergency workers placed his body in an ambulance. The ambulance did not leave the scene immediately, but it was unclear if the man was dead or not.

The company whose vehicle crashed was identified as AT Systems when an emergency worker shouted to a person taking a report the Web site on the side of the vehicle as www.atsystemsinc.com.

A message was left with AT Systems.

Ken Talley, Indianapolis, was driving eastbound on SR 46 on his way to Spencer when he saw a Sheriff's car blocking off the road. Talley's white truck was the first semi stopped in a long line of semis.

"When I got here there was only one Sheriff's car here," Talley said standing outside of his truck on the highway.

The scene soon escalated as three fire trucks, three emergency vehicles and at least four police cars all carrying numerous workers blocked off the road. Towing services also showed up later to remove the armored vehicle from the ditch.

Talley said he did not see the accident happen, but said it appeared as if a back tire had blown out of the vehicle.

Another semi driver, Rose Miller of Iowa, stopped shortly after Talley. She said she overheard someone saying one car was passing another when it was cut off and the accident resulted.

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