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Leavenworth man killed in accident near Wyandotte

A Leavenworth man was killed Friday evening near Wyandotte in a one-vehicle accident in which he was ejected from his pickup.
John W. Sillings, 39, was traveling west on S.R. 62 at 7:07 p.m., about 500 feet east of the intersection of Wyandotte Cave Road, when his 2001 Chevrolet truck went off the north side of the road as he entered a slight curve, Crawford County Sheriff Richard Scott said.
Scott said it appears Sillings overcorrected as he came back on the road and went into the eastbound lane, where his truck struck a guardrail on the south side of the road.
At that point, Scott said, the truck went into the air and struck a tree, before going over an embankment. The truck caught fire, causing considerable damage to its cab, he said.
Scott said investigators believe Sillings was thrown from the truck before the fire started. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Scott said police were unable to determine whether Sillings was wearing a seat belt because the truck’s interior was badly burned. Officers also have not been able to determine exactly why Sillings’ vehicle may have left the road, he said, adding further examination into the cause of the wreck is scheduled.
‘It’s just kind of a guessing game,’ he said. ‘The accident is still under investigation.’
Sillings’ exact cause of death was also uncertain and an autopsy was scheduled to make that determination.
Crawford County Deputy Sheriffs Mark Bye and Scott Dubois responded to the accident and were assisted by Indiana Conservation Officers, Leavenworth Town Marshal Tom Young, the Leavenworth Volunteer Fire Dept., and Crawford County EMS.
A native of Tell City, born April 12, 1964, Sillings was the son of Harrison and Fennettia Minton Sillings of Palmyra.
He owned Sillings and Sons Masonry in Leavenworth.
Survivors besides his parents include his wife, the former Jan M. Sturgeon; two sons, Jonathan and Lucas Sillings, both at home; two brothers, the Rev. William Sillings of Oklahoma City and the Rev. Ben Sillings of Marengo, and two sisters, Shirlene Chester of Centerville and Cynthia Dooley of Bean Station, Tenn.
Visitation was yesterday and today (Wednesday) after 8 a.m. at Beanblossom-Cesar Funeral Home in Corydon.
The funeral will be today at 11 a.m. at the funeral home with burial in Bloom Riddle Cemetery near Leavenworth. The Rev. William Sillings and Pastor Marvin Culver will officiate.
Pallbearers will be Jonathan Sillings, the Revs. William and Ben Sillings, Lloyd Windell, Ray Allen, Scott Sturgeon, Michael Thomas, Jay Carver, Harty Zurschmiede and Nevin Saltsgaver.

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