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.