Motorist killed at Dale intersection (Update)

Update: According to the Spencer County Coroner’s office, the motorist killed Sunday afternoon in a two-vehicle accident southwest of Dale was retired Heritage Hills Middle School Principal Susan D. Grundhoefer.


A motorist was killed in a two-vehicle accident at the intersection of U.S. 231 and State Road 62 southwest of Dale Sunday afternoon.

The fatal collision occurred at about 2 p.m. and shut down the southbound lanes of U.S. 231.

According to authorities, a pickup truck driven by Grundhoefer was westbound on U.S. 62 when it failed to yield the right of way as it crossed the four-lane highway. It was struck by a southbound SUV. The impact on the pickup’s passenger door area caused it to roll over until it came to rest on its top.

Grundhoeffer was pronounced dead at the scene.

Spencer County Sheriff’s Department was assisted by the Santa Claus Police Department, Indiana State Police, Carter Fire District Volunteer Fire Department, the Spencer County Coroner and Spencer County Emergency Medical Services.

The Indiana Department of Transportation updated the intersection in 2012 after several deaths. The majority involving motorists failing to yield from State Road 62. U.S. 231 originally went through the Town of Dale on what is now State Road 62, but when U.S. 231 was expanded to four lanes, it was rerouted west of Dale.

4 Responses to Motorist killed at Dale intersection (Update)

  1. Mrs. Hubert (Ima) Green December 29, 2014 at 9:05 am #

    Agree these intersections should be lighted, but in this case and most of the others that have occurred during the day, lights wouldn’t have helped. People just need to stop and look more carefully.

    • Jack Creek December 30, 2014 at 11:00 pm #

      They are talking about stop lights or caution lights, not street lights!

  2. Miranda December 29, 2014 at 11:03 am #

    Ok indot screwed up when they took the turn lanes out. But yet people still try to use the turn lanes that aren’t marked any more because there is no sign nothing saying they took them out. My daughter has come close to getting hit several times because people try using a lane that doesn’t exist. Indot needs to get their head out of their butts and get something done. Had my daughter got off work just a couple minutes earlier yesterday she would have been in that wreck. And by the way she is only 17. Something has to be done about that intersection.

  3. Rhonda December 29, 2014 at 8:08 pm #

    Flashing lights on northbound and southbound lanes with a sign that says…”slow down dangerous intersection ahead”. I’ve seen that type of sign before somewhere. Maybe it would help drivers be aware of motorists crossing and getting on there. There has got to be something to do!! This is so very sad and it’s gone too far! I’ve witnessed multiple near misses at that intersection and it just makes your heart sink. My heartfelt prayers to all parties involved in this tragedy!