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Milltown man killed in one-vehicle crash

A Milltown man was killed Friday afternoon on S.R. 66 when his pickup went off the road and struck a utility pole head-on. The accident occurred in Crawford County, near the Crawford-Washington County line.
Martin A. (Marty) LaHue, 66, who lived on North Ridge Road, was traveling south about 4 p.m. in a 1979 Ford pickup, when the truck suddenly left the road, went off the west side and struck the pole. The impact of the crash sheared the pole in half. The accident occurred about a half-mile north of the intersection with North Ridge Road, about five miles north of the intersection of state roads 66 and 64 at Milltown.
Crawford County Sheriff Richard Scott said police are unsure what caused LaHue to lose control of the pickup. Authorities believe he died instantly from internal injuries caused in the crash. He was not wearing a seat belt, according to information provided by the Indiana State Police. An ISP report on the accident described road conditions that day as dry.
Some time may have passed before the wreck was reported because of where the truck came to rest off the road. ‘The vehicle was off the road far enough it wasn’t a traffic hazard,’ Scott said.
When the utility pole broke, it disrupted a high-voltage electrical line running from Milltown to Hardinsburg. PSI workers were called to secure the scene, making it several hours before the truck could be removed.
LaHue was a native of Crawford County, born Dec. 16, 1937. He was a retired policeman with the Bloomington Police Dept., an Air Force veteran, and a member of Hardinsburg United Methodist Church and American Legion Post 84 in Marengo.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Barbara LaHue, his father, and a sister.
Survivors include his wife, the former Edna Draper; two sons, David LaHue of Milltown and Denny Denton of Marengo; a daughter, Donna Patton of Bloomington; a sister, Norma Draper of New Albany; a brother, James Draper of Louisville; several half brothers; a half sister, and seven grandchildren.
The funeral was Monday at Dillman-Green Funeral Home in Marengo with burial in Borden Cemetery at Leavenworth.
Military rites were performed at the grave site by American Legion Post 84.