Preliminary investigation revealed a blue, 2002, Kenworth tractor pulling an empty coal hauling trailer and driven by 63-year-old, Gary Nash of Sullivan, IN., was eastbound on State Road 54 and turned south onto State Road 159. The tractor-trailer traveled approximately 100 feet south and suddenly veered to the right traveling off the west edge of the roadway and striking the café. The tractor-trailer was operating under the name of Ajax Trucking from Sullivan.
Gary Nash was transported to Sullivan County Community Hospital for further investigation into the possibility that a medical episode may have contributed to the crash. There were no early indications of defects found with the tractor-trailer combination after an on-scene inspection by troopers. No citations were issued to Nash and drugs and/or alcohol were not a factor.
The injured café patrons were Madge Booker, age 81, of Sullivan and Gloria Bixler, age 66, of Dugger. Both were treated for complaints of pain at Sullivan County Community Hospital.
The crash was investigated by ISP Trooper Tyler Van Ness. Assisting were ISP Trooper Brent Robinson, Dugger Town Marshal Dave Heaton, Dugger Fire/Rescue, Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office and Sullivan County EMS.
SOURCE / PHOTO: Indiana State Police-Nixle