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UPDATE: Name of deceased driver released

Friday, August 3, 2012

CLAY COUNTY -- Officials released the name of the driver who died in a vehicle accident Thursday south of Brazil.

According to officials with the Clay County Sheriff's Department, the driver was identified as Steven Stamberger, 49, Rochester, Ind.

At approximately 1:04 p.m., Thursday, deputies from the Clay County Sheriff's Department were dispatched to the intersection of State Roads 59 and 42 for the accident.

Upon arrival, the deputies found a silver 2005 GMC Yukon wedged underneath a semi-tractor trailer.

Officials stated Stamberger was trapped behind the steering wheel of his vehicle.

Members of the Jackson Township Volunteer Fire Department, Posey Township Fire Department, Center Point Volunteer Fire Department, Clay County Search and Rescue, TransCare Ambulance and Air Evac Air Ambulance worked together to attempt to free the driver from the vehicle.

However, according to officials, due to the injuries suffered during the accident, Clay County Coroner Joel Reinoehl pronounced Stamberger dead at the scene.

Stamberger was traveling with his wife and children at the time of the crash. His wife and children were released from the scene with no injuries sustained. They were later transported to the Clay County Justice Center to wait for family.

The driver of the semi-tractor trailer, along with several witnesses at the scene, stated the driver of the semi was stopped on SR 42 facing east after pulling out of the Iron Grill/Petro gas station.

The driver of the semi-tractor trailer, Ray Hebner, 50, Panama, N.Y., told officials the intersection was clear and there was no one stopped at the intersection, so he then proceeded to make his left turn (heading north) on SR 59 after signaling.

According to officials, Hebner said he then saw the silver Yukon coming toward his vehicle heading south about 200-feet away.

Officials stated Hebner said as he began making his turn, the other vehicle "disregarded" the stop sign and ran right into the side of the trailer, causing the accident.

Officials said Hebner had no injuries and was released after being taken to St. Vincent Clay Hospital for a company mandated drug and alcohol test.

Hebner was driving for C.R. Campbell Trucking, Inc.

Stamberger was taken to Regional Hospital, Terre Haute, where an autopsy was scheduled for Friday morning. It was performed by Dr. Roland Kohr.

An official stated although drugs and alcohol were not believed to be a factor in the accident, the investigation is ongoing and would be conducted by Clay County Sheriff's Department Sgt. Jason Frazier, in addition to Indiana State Police Troopers.



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