VANDERBURGH COUNTY, Ind. (WEHT) – The Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Office says alcohol was a factor in a serious crash on North Red Bank Road that sent two people to the hospital.
It happened on Sunday evening on N. Red Bank Rd. around 7:30PM.
According to the sheriff’s office, deputies responded to a single vehicle crash in the 2000 block of N. Red Bank Rd. near Barbara Jane Lane.
When deputies arrived, the found an overturned Ford Ranger. The truck had rolled over and snapped a utility pole into two pieces.
The passenger of the vehicle crawled out from the wreck and was treated by first responders.
The driver of the vehicle, later identified as Jake Ladd Wenderoth, of Wadesville, was still trapped in the vehicle and appeared unconscious.
First responders were able to get Wenderoth out of the vehicle despite live utility wires.
Wenderoth and his passenger were both taken to an area hospital for treatment. Wenderoth had a serious head injury from the crash. The roadway was shut down into the early morning hours for utility pole service repairs.
Preliminary results indicate that alcohol was a factor in the crash, according to the sheriff’s office.
The crash remains under investigation, pending toxicology results.
(This story was originally published on Nov. 18, 2019)