Driver trapped after crashing into coal trailer

A driver was injured after he ran into a trailer load of coal Monday morning on State Road 56.

Police said Brandon L. Bayer, 20, of Jasper, was eastbound on State Road 56 approaching 350W and he failed to notice a 2016 Peterbilt stopped in the lane. Bayer’s 2004 Chevrolet Silverado collided with the trailer.

When police arrived at the scene, they found Bayer trapped in his vehicle and Jasper Fire Department First Responders extricated him from the truck. Bayer was taken to Memorial Hospital for injuries to his left arm and right leg area.

A 12-year-old male in the pickup truck was able to exit the vehicle before emergency personnel arrived. The 12-year-old was also transported to Memorial Hospital to be treated for cuts, abrasions and pain to his left knee.

Jeffrey C. Thornburg, 45, of Depauw, was the driver of the Peterbilt and was not injured in the crash.

State Road 56 was closed for one and half hours as the crash was cleared.

The Silverado was a total loss and the Peterbilt sustained about $10,000 in damages.

The Dubois County Sheriff’s Department was assisted by the Jasper Police Department, Jasper Fire Department, Indiana State Police and Uebelhor & Sons Wrecker Service and Storks Wrecker Service.

2 Responses to Driver trapped after crashing into coal trailer

  1. jeff August 7, 2018 at 6:39 pm #

    Probably the most dangerous intersection in the county! There were plans to put up a stop light in 2013, but fell through due to money disputes between local, county, state highway depts. I heard. Will it take someone of “Fine Lineage” in Jasper to be injured or be killed at that intersection before something is done? When school is in session there are several accidents. And kids on scooters cross Hwy, 56 everyday. I was there in the 90’s when a teenager was killed, yesterday as well. Not a pretty sight. With Indiana gas tax increases we need to do something about it !

    • Mrs. Ima Ruth Green August 9, 2018 at 12:04 pm #

      Maybe, or also 162 and 64 (Bretzville Jct), and there’s a signal, but with 50+speed,-hurry-up traffic and frequent accidents. Not sure a signal would have helped on 56/350W – maybe some signed, flashing warning lights 500 or 1,000 feet in advance of the intersection – but regardless, how does one not see such a large stopped vehicle that size in time to avoid it but but for some sort of inattention, distracted driving, etc,? Glad there weren’t more serious injuries.

      To your question: Of course – someone with VIP status is all-too-often the only ticket accepted at the high price it takes to finally effect change. The most recent example was the new 231 intersections south of Dale – after several serious and fatal crashes – but only until/after a beloved local educator was killed was action finally undertaken for improvements, however controversial (debatable as to the correct solution). That said, we have yet to see the results released by ISP or requested by the press as to the cause of last months fatal crash at one of those new and “improved” J-turn configurations constructed as the best remedy. Apparently it didn’t work or may have been ignored, as many folks said it would be at night or if light traffic.