PUTNAM COUNTY -- A former Clay County Sheriff's Department deputy was injured while on duty during the recent winter storm's first arrival on Tuesday.
According to information provided by Indiana State Police Putnamville District, shortly after 10 p.m., Tuesday, Putnam County Sheriff's Department (PCSD) Sgt. Jonathon Chadd was providing traffic assistance to ISP Trooper Adam Edwards who was investigating a "jackknifed" semi near in the eastbound lane at the 43-mile marker on Interstate-70.
In an attempt to slow oncoming traffic, Chadd's police cruiser was parked in the eastbound lanes just west of the crash scene with his emergency lights activated when the vehicle was struck in the rear by a tractor-trailer combination.
Complaining of neck and back pain, Chadd was transported to Putnam County Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
According to PCSD officials, Chadd, who came in from a day off to work during the bad weather, is on the road to recovery.
"I just spoke with Chadd, and of course he's sore all over from the accident," PCSD Shift Supervisor/Chief Deputy Doug Nally told The Brazil Times about the deputy's recovery Thursday.
"(Chadd) will be taking a couple of days off to recover, and will probably return to work sometime Sunday or Monday."
Chadd, who resides with his family in Greencastle, served a little more than a year with the Clay County Sheriff's Department before joining the PCSD in January 2009.