January 16, 2014
An Indiana State Trooper assisting a disabled motorist has been transported to Hancock Regional Hospital with minor injuries after his patrol car was struck from behind.
Early this afternoon around 12:00 p.m., Indiana State Trooper Wade Heiny, of the Indianapolis District, was assisting a slide off on I-70 WB at the 102.3 mm. Trooper Heiny was sitting in his patrol car on the emergency berm with emergency lights operating when his patrol car was struck in the rear by a Nissan passenger car.
The driver of the Nissan, Jamie Bush, 21, of Knightstown, lost control on the snow covered roadway and slid sideways striking the rear of the police car with the driver’s door. The Nissan was struck by two other vehicles after striking the police car.
Trooper Heiny, Bush and the drivers of the other two vehicles were transported to Hancock Regional Hospital with no life threatening injuries and observation. Trooper Heiny had complaints of pain with bumps and bruises. He has been released and is resting at home.
Bush was issued traffic tickets for operating a motor vehicle without financial responsibility and speed too fast for weather and or road conditions.
Motorists are cautioned when traveling in snowy conditions as roadways can become very slick and hazardous in a very short time. Elevated roadways such as bridges and overpasses freeze more quickly than other sections of roadway and motorists are reminded to slow down in such conditions. Although slick and hazardous roadways are most often contributing factors in weather related crashes, unsafe speed is normally the primary cause. Even if a vehicle is being operated below the posted speed limit, the speed can still be too fast for conditions.
Investigating Officer: Trooper Aaron Gaul, Indiana State Police
Assisting Agencies: Hancock County Sheriff’s Department, Greenfield Police Department, Indiana Department of Transportation.