Five people injured in drunk driving accident on US 50

Courtesy: Indiana State Police
Courtesy: Indiana State Police

Indiana State Police say a drunk driver caused an accident on US 50 in Daviess County this morning that left five people injured.

Troopers say 32-year-old Hsa Moo Thaw of Washington, IN, was traveling eastbound in a Toyota four-door, when he decided to pass a tractor-trailer in his lane.

Slick road conditions, and what investigators believe to be an unsafe speed, caused Thaw to lose control of his pick up.

Hr slid head-on into a Ford F-150 driven by 44-year-old John E. McPherson of Shoals, IN.

McPherson had to be extricated from his truck.  He was airlifted to Deaconess Hospital in Evansville where he's listed in critical condition with a fractured pelvis, leg and nose.

Thaw was not hurt, but four passengers in his truck suffered injuries ranging from a broken back to abdominal abrasions.  Three of them were children - ages four, seven and ten.

Troopers found Thaw to be operating while intoxicated, with a blood alcohol content of .21%.

He's charged with OWI, OWI with minor passengers in the vehicle, neglect of a dependent, driving while suspended and reckless driving.

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