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Names released of driver killed and deputy hurt in Spencer Co. crash

Names released of driver killed and deputy hurt in Spencer Co. crash
Published: Apr. 28, 2022 at 7:30 AM CDT|Updated: Apr. 28, 2022 at 11:13 AM CDT
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TELL CITY, Ind. (WFIE) - Authorities were called to a deadly wreck on State Road 66 Thursday morning.

Officials say this is near the Spencer-Perry County line.

Our crew on scene tells us this is about three miles outside of Tell City.

Officials with Indiana State Police tell us a Spencer County deputy was involved in the crash.

They say an SUV was traveling eastbound on Highway 66 when they overcorrected and crossed the center line.

That’s when they tell us the SUV hit the deputy’s vehicle.

“Once our units arrived there, they discovered that one of the subjects was deceased, and it was not the deputy,” Sgt. David Henderson with Indiana State Police said.

Troopers tell us the deputy was seriously hurt but is stable. He was taken to an area hospital, but then flown to Louisville. Officials say he’s 27-year-old Deputy Ronald Harper Jr.

“I talked to the sheriff down there, she’s in constant contact with his family, and we’re hoping for the best for him,” Henderson said.

Officials say the driver of the SUV was killed. On Thursday afternoon, they identified him as 61-year-old Phillip Brown Jr. of Indianapolis.

Deputies say drugs and alcohol are not believed to be factors.

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