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Photos of the scene from Indiana State Police Photos of the scene from Indiana State Police
Photos of the scene from Indiana State Police Photos of the scene from Indiana State Police

One person is dead and another seriously injured in an accident in Spencer County.

It happened Thursday morning at the intersection on US 231 and SR 68, just north of Dale.

Troopers say a 2005 Taurus driven by John Rudy, 65, was heading westbound on SR 68, trying to cross US 231, when her failed to yield right of way and was hit on the passenger side by a semi.

Rudy's passenger, Danny Hines, 37, was killed and Rudy was taken to the hospital for head injuries.

The semi driver, Anthony Suddarth, 48, of Franklin, KY, was not seriously hurt.

Drugs and or alcohol do not appear to be a factor in this particular crash.

The southbound lanes of US 231 opened back up after about three hours.

"Failure to yield the right of way seems to be the primary cause of the majority of those crashes. Once again, it's just learning how to navigate through these large intersections," says ISP Sergeant Chad Dick. "Double check. Look and double check. This intersection for instance has the median there where you can stop and make sure that there isn't any oncoming traffic."

Drivers tell 14 News they've had similar experiences since 231 opened in Spencer County.

"I know coming back down the highway from that direction, I've had several instances where cars just plow out in front of me," says Spencer County resident John Bell.

"Somebody didn't stop on the side roads, and they hit my driver's side, and I got my shoulder, my neck, and my back hurt in the whole ordeal," says Susan Kellems, who was involved in an accident on 231. "I could've lost my life in that car accident and it shouldn't have ever happened."

Since the stretch of 231 opened in March, it has been the home of three fatal crashes including Thursday's crash.

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