Huntingburg driver involved in double fatality crash

Photo from Crawford County Sheriff's Department.
Photo from Crawford County Sheriff’s Department.

A Huntingburg man was involved in a head-on collision on State Road 64 Friday Thursday morning that resulted in two fatalities.

At about 9:57 a.m., Crawford County 911 received calls of a head-on accident involving a tractor-trailer and passenger car. According to police, a 1986 Mercury Grand Marquis driven by Daniel Ray Allen 23, of Marengo had crossed the center line and hit the tractor driven by Tim Mehling, 59, of Huntingburg.

Mehling was headed east and attempting to turn on the Mulzer Quarry Road at the time.

Allen was extricated from the vehicle by the English Fire Department with life-threatening injuries and transported by air evac helicopter but it was diverted to Harrison County Hospital for immediate care. He was later pronounced deceased at the Harrison County Hospital by coroner.

A 2-year-old child was found in the rear passenger seat fastened in a child safety seat. The child was also transported by air evac to Kosair Children’s hospital for life threatening injuries where he is listed in critical condition with multiple fractures.

A female passenger identified as Carrie Walker of English and mother to the child was pronounced dead at the scene by Crawford County coroner.

Mehling was not injured.

Mehling told police that the vehicle driven by Allen was headed west and crossed the centerline entrance to the Mulzer Quarry on State Road 64. Mehling said that vehicle continued towards him in the eastbound lane until it collided with his tractor head-on.

Mehling stated he was almost to a stop when he was hit by the car.

Allen and Walker were both unrestrained by seat belts.

Toxicology results are pending.

The accident is under investigation by the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department.

Agencies responding to the accident were English Volunteer Fire Department, Marengo Volunteer Fire Department, Crawford County EMS, AirEvac.

State Rd. 64 was closed for approximately 2 hours.

3 Comments

      1. Okay that’s what I thought, but also thought maybe it meant the seatbelts didn’t help or hold them back

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