Truck spills coal, pins pedestrian under fence | News
A coal truck overturned near a couple walking along a Warrick County road Thursday morning, pinning a 74-year-old Lynnville woman under a nearby fence.
Indiana State Police say Phyllis Claridge, 74, and her husband Jerry, 75, were walking southbound on SR 61, just north of CR 1300 South around 8 a.m. when the 2001 Mack coal truck heading north on 61 flipped onto its side, narrowly missing the couple.
The coal that spilled out of the truck bed knocked Phyllis Claridge off her feet, pinning her underneath a metal fence. Her husband was able to pull her out and walk her to a neighbor’s house.
She was eventually airlifted to Deaconess Hospital where she’s being treated for non-life threatening injuries and was reported in good condition late Thursday afternoon. Jerry Claridge wasn’t hurt.
The truck driver, 28-year-old Adam Benefiel, who was not injured, was issued a traffic ticket for Speed too Fast to Avoid a Collision.