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Sullivan man injured in morning accident

By Times Staff

A Sullivan man was injured after he reportedly struck a telephone pole while driving.

Jonathan Russell, 21, was treated on scene for minor injuries but initially refused transport to the hospital, according to a news release from the Indiana State Police. He was later reportedly taken by a private vehicle.

The accident occurred around 9 a.m. Thursday at the intersection of CRs 300N and 300W near Sullivan.

The release notes that Russell’s 1992 Toyota pickup truck left the road due to heavy rain that morning.

“Russell’s vehicle ran off the roadway, striking a telephone pole,” the release continues. “As a result of not wearing a seatbelt, Russell struck the steering wheel of his vehicle upon impact and received minor injuries.”

“The accident would have only been a property damage accident if Mr. Russell would have been wearing a seat belt,” Master Trooper Tom Hanks said in the release.

Russell also received a citation for failure to wear a seat belt.

“The Indiana State Police wants to remind all drivers and passengers to wear their seat belts, and that the seat belt is designed to secure the occupants of vehicles against harmful movements that may result from a collision or a sudden stop,” the release adds.

Hanks was assisted by ISP Master Trooper Polly Blackburn, Sullivan County Sheriff’s Department Deputy Ron Elliott, the Sullivan City Fire Department, Sullivan County Ambulance Transport and WIN Energy REMC.


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