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Fatal Head-On Collision on Old U.S. 421

Jason Reese

A head-on collision on Old U.S. 421 in St. Paul killed one and left another critically injured on Wednesday. The accident happened around 11:30 a.m. when a Ford Explorer and Chevy Silverado crashed into one another just south of CR 520 West. 28-year-old Bruce Parish was driving the Silverado when the accident occurred. He was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident while the other driver, 41-year-old Melissa Killian of Shelbyville, was airlifted to a hospital in Indianapolis.

Indiana State Police are investigating the accident, but at this time they do not know which car crossed the center line. They also have not yet determined if drugs or alcohol played a role in the fatal crash.

Crossover Accidents Continue in Rural Areas

Crossover accidents like the collision on Old U.S. 421 remain an issue of major concern in rural areas. We’ve reported on dozens of these deadly crashes and worked with many clients who were injured or who lost loved ones in fatal crossover accidents. Part of the reason we see so many crossover accidents in Indiana is because of the large number of rural areas home to two-lane two-way state and county roads. On these types of roadways, a car only needs to drift a few feet in order to find itself right in the pathway of an oncoming vehicle. With driving speeds typically around 55 miles per hour, a small drift can happen in less than a second. If a driver simply reaches down to turn up the radio or glances into the back seat to check on a child, the result can be deadly.

It’s critical to be vigilant on rural Indiana roadways, and to be aware when there are other vehicles on the roadway. When traffic is infrequent, a driver can be lulled into a false sense of safety, feeling as if it is no big deal to remove their eyes from the road “for just a second.” Drivers must maintain their attentiveness to the road and to other vehicles around them in order to prevent unintentional drifting and also as a defensive driving activity. Doing so can help reduce your odds of being involved in a fatal crossover accident.

The vehicular accident attorneys at Wagner Reese have a long history of helping car accident victims throughout Indiana. We know pursuing a car accident claim or lawsuit can be complicated and stressful—you deserve representation that will put you at ease. We offer a completely FREE consultation, so you can be confident in your choice of attorney. If you have been involved in a crossover or other type of car accident, call us today at: (888) 204-8440.


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