Good Samaritan from I-70 accident dies from injuries

I-70 Crash

PUTNAM COUNTY, Ind. (WTHI) – UPDATE 10:20 AM: The Good Samaritan who stopped to assist a disabled motorist on Interstate 70 and was struck by another vehicle has died from his injuries.

Indiana State Police reported the accident happened Monday night just before 11 near the 32 mile marker.

Investigation shows Erica Driedger from Texas had run out of gas and was stopped on the emergency shoulder. John Dugger, 22 of Terre Haute, stopped to help push the vehicle.

Dugger’s vehicle was parked in front of the disabled vehicle which did not have any emergency flashers activated since the vehicles battery was not functioning.

Officials believe Dugger stepped into the driving line to speak with Dreidger and was struck by a silver 2009 Chevrolet Traverse driven by Terry Scarbrough, 55 of Farmersburg.

Dugger was airlifted to Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis where he succumbed to his injuries early this morning.

Drugs and/or alcohol are not suspected and there were no citations issued.


Two people are reported to have serious injuries after an accident along Interstate 70.

It happened Monday night near the 32 mile marker, west of the Putnamville exit, a little before 11:00.

Indiana State Police say a vehicle was disabled along the interstate, in the west bound lane, when a car stopped to help. As the two people were helping to push the vehicle off of the bridge, they were both struck by another vehicle.

Officials have confirmed one person was airlifted to Methodist Hospital, another person was taken to a local hospital, both with serious injuries.

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