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Name released of man killed in box truck crash in Newburgh

1 dead, 1 hospitalized after truck crashes into Newburgh apartment building
Updated: Jun. 2, 2021 at 8:39 AM CDT
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NEWBURGH, Ind. (WFIE) - One person has died and another was sent to the hospital after a truck crashed into a building in Newburgh.

Warrick County Coroner Sarah Seaton tells us the passenger who died in the crash was identified as 55-year-old Douglas Muehlbauer.

She says the autopsy found Muehlbauer’s death was associated with blunt force trauma.

Warrick County Sheriff Michael Wilder says it was some sort of moving truck that ran into the apartment building at Canterbury House Apartments. That’s just off Outer Lincoln Ave.

It happened shortly before 1:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Neighbors who called 911 said it sounded like the loudest clap of thunder. They say the crash shook the entire apartment building.

Two buildings were evacuated, and electricity was shut off to one building so crews could safely remove the truck.

Brittany Tyda lives in the neighboring apartment, and when she saw the crash, she tried to help the people who were trapped.

Tyda said the passenger was covered in bricks, and she tried to help pull him to safety with her children watching just steps away.

“I told him that 911 was on their way and try to breathe slowly and be calm,” says Tyda. “At that point, somebody that lives here said they were an EMT, so I stepped back and let him talk to him. We just stayed with him until the police arrived and told us to step back. I wish we could have done more. It’s not easy looking at someone and them telling you to help them and begging for you to help and you physically can’t do anything for them.”

Sheriff Wilder says officials believe the driver may have experienced some sort of medical emergency prior to the crash.

Crews were able to eventually tow away the truck after removing debris, but the cause of the crash is still under investigation.

A manager at the apartment complex told 14 News that a structural engineer surveyed the damage and determined that the apartment that was struck and the one directly above it were too unsafe for their residents to return, while the others were structurally sound.

The rest of the building’s residents had not returned as of Wednesday. The manager said that they had all been set up in a hotel for three days with rooms paid for by the housing company.

According to the manager, they anticipate residents of the structurally safe homes will be allowed back in soon.

Those in the affected apartments will need to wait for repairs.

The manager told 14 News they’re not sure when repairs could happen. They said issues regarding financing the work and determining what insurance might cover need to be sorted out first.

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