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Man killed in crash near Marengo

A New Salisbury man was killed early Thursday near Marengo when he was thrown from his pickup truck as it overturned several times.
Ronald K. Hash, 41, was westbound on S.R. 64 in a 1988 Ford Ranger, just past Cider Fork Road, about 1:45 a.m., when he apparently lost control of the truck. He was pronounced dead at the scene by Crawford County Coroner Chris Brown.
Crawford County Sheriff Richard Scott said police determined that Hash first ran off the north edge of the road and traveled about 287 feet before striking a mailbox. The truck then appears to have veered across the highway, before coming off the south side of the road. It traveled some 393 feet before hitting a guardrail, the sheriff said.
‘After striking the guardrail, the vehicle overturned,’ Scott said.
The truck continued west, overturning at least twice, for another 479 feet before stopping. Hash was ejected while the truck was rolling over, Scott said. It appears he was not wearing a seat belt.
Brown said Hash suffered multiple serious injuries. An autopsy was performed Thursday morning at the Kentucky Medical Examiner’s Office at Louisville, but results of toxicology tests were not readily available, he said.
Scott said police were not sure what caused the accident and there were no skid marks at the scene to indicate Hash swerved to miss something.
‘There’s nothing here to indicate why he left the roadway,’ he said, adding speed may have been a factor, judging by the distance the vehicle traveled.
‘We just have to wait on the report from toxicology,’ Scott said.
Police first thought another person might have been in the vehicle. Firefighters searched the area with heat-sensing equipment before determining Hash was alone.
Crawford County Deputy Sheriff Mark Bye headed the initial investigation, with assistance from the Indiana State Police and Marengo Marshal John Baird.
A native of Franklin, born Jan. 19, 1964, Hash was the son of Ora Mae Inabnitt Conrad of New Salisbury and the late Curtis T. Hash.
He was a self-employed construction laborer.
Survivors besides his mother include a son, Ryan K. Hash of Scottsburg; two brothers, Thomas Hash of Marengo and Kevin Conrad of New Salisbury, and two sisters, Cheryl Lincoln of Milltown and Lisa Conrad of New Salisbury.
The funeral was Saturday at Brown-Newkirk Funeral Home in Milltown with burial in Nineveh Cemetery. Brother Harvey McAdams officiated.

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