Fire truck & pickup collide on Highway 41

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VANDERBURGH CO., IN (WFIE) – A pickup truck and McCutchanville Volunteer Fire Department truck collided Friday morning in Vanderburgh County.

It happened at the intersection of Highway 41 and Mt. Pleasant Road around 8 AM.

The driver of the pickup, 40-year-old Alan Stackhouse of Princeton, was traveling south on 41 when his truck collided with the fire truck that was going west on Mt. Pleasant.

The firemen inside were responding to another accident that had taken place on Mt. Pleasant, west of 41.   Sheriff's deputies say it isn't immediately clear whether Stackhouse didn't see or hear the truck approaching or was trying to cross in front of it.

Stackhouse was flown by Air Evac helicopter to Deaconess Hospital and suffered multiple leg and hip fractures.

The fireman driving the engine was 25-year-old Benjamin Woodard.  He was taken to Deaconess by ambulance as a precaution.  Two other firemen suffered minor injuries and were also treated at the hospital.

Witnesses in other vehicles told Vanderburgh County sheriff's deputies that they saw the engine approaching the intersection with lights and sirens activated.

"So they were preparing to yield to the fire truck," Sergeant Nathan Sugarman told 14 News reporter Laura Forbes.  "And as they were doing that they looked over and saw the green truck has proceeded into the intersection."

"It's just tragic.  It's heart wrenching," said McCutchanville Fire Chief Duane Halsema. "I'm on my way here and thoughts go through my mind about the gentleman in the truck and my firefighters, because I know at that point in time that they're injured."

Traffic in the area was detoured as crews worked to clear the scene.  The accident investigation is continuing.

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