Indiana State Police sent this bulletin at 06/08/2017 11:54 AM EDT
Vigo County — This morning at 8:30, Indiana State Police and Vigo County emergency agencies responded to a truck versus scooter crash in the northbound lanes of 11800 South US 41. This is near Pimento Circle and was in front of the Boot City Store.
Preliminary investigation revealed a 2013 Ford F350 truck, driven by 18-year-old Brock E. Megenhardt of Coal City, IN., was northbound in the driving lane of US 41 approaching Pimento Circle, when a car in front of Megenhardt moved into the passing lane, suddenly revealing a slow moving 2011 Taotao brand scooter, driven by 53-year-old Danny J. Elkins of West Terre Haute, IN. Megenhardt’s vehicle then struck the Elkins scooter in the rear, ejecting Elkins onto the roadway.
Elkins was transported to Terre Haute Regional Hospital for the treatment of shoulder and back injuries. He was wearing a helmet which most likely reduced the severity of his injuries and possibly saved his life.
Drugs/alcohol do not appear to be a factor in this crash.
The crash was investigated by ISP Trooper Courtland Woodruff. Assisting were ISP Lt. Mark Tow and Master Troopers Ritch Reynolds and Matt Ames, ISP Motor Carrier Inspector Donald Aldrich, Honey Creek Fire/Rescue, and Trans Care EMS.
The attached picture of the scooter was after the crash, but not at the scene.
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