PARKE COUNTY, Ind. (WTHI) – A Friday afternoon accident turns fatal.
Multiple agencies responded to a two car accident on US 41 one mile north of Lyford around 2:30 Friday afternoon.
Officials report Holly Alward, 21 of Marshall, was southbound in a 1997 Ford F-250 when she was distracted by her cell phone, crossed into the other lane of traffic and hit a northbound truck head on.
Alward’s truck hit a 1998 Chevrolet 1500 driven by Steven Bundy, 44 of Rockville.
Bundy was airlifted to Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis, where he was pronounced dead.
Bundy was trapped in the vehicle for nearly 25 minutes before extricated by Lyford Fire/Rescue and Clinton City Fire/Rescue Departments.
“It’s another example of distracted driving.. the dangers of distracted driving,” explained Indiana State Police Sgt. Joe Watts. “Just goes to show you you’re just three to four feet away from the opposite traveling vehicle. So if you’re distracted it takes but a mere second to travel that three to four feet.. and hit another vehicle.”
Alward and a passenger in her truck sustained minor injuries but refused treatment at the scene.
Drugs and/or alcohol are not suspected at this time.
Alward was cited for driving left of center.
The scene has been cleaned up and both lanes are open.