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2 die in multi-vehicle crash

2 die in multi-vehicle crash
2 die in multi-vehicle crash
Two people were killed Thursday afternoon when their vehicle was involved in a three-vehicle crash at the intersection of S.R. 135 and Heidelberg Road southwest of Corydon. Photo by Kaitlyn Clay

Two people were killed Thursday afternoon when their vehicle was involved in a three-vehicle crash at the intersection of S.R. 135 and Heidelberg Road southwest of Corydon. When police arrived on the scene just after 2:30 p.m., only one driver was responsive and coherent enough to tell them what he recalled had happened.

According to the crash report, Jason Burns, 43, of Ekron, Ky., told officers he was traveling south in the left lane of the multi-lane section of S.R. 135 in a black 2011 Honda Civic. A tan 2005 Ford Five Hundred, driven by Joseph Stilger, 65, of Salem, was traveling next to him in the right lane when Stilger merged into his lane and struck the front of his Honda Civic, Burns said.

Stilger’s truck then traveled into oncoming traffic where it was struck by a silver 2010 Toyota Venza driven by Thomas Havens, 79, of Elkhart.

After colliding with the Toyota, Stilger’s vehicle swung back and hit Burns’ car again, according to the report.

Despite wearing their seat belts and deployment of their airbags, Havens and his passenger, Connie Havens, 77, also of Elkhart, were pronounced dead at the scene.

Stilger and his passenger, Linda White, 59, also of Salem, were transported by ambulance to a Louisville hospital for incapacitating injuries. They both also were wearing their seat belts, and the Ford’s airbags deployed.

Burns, who was wearing a seat belt, was treated at the scene. His vehicle’s airbag also deployed.

The crash is still under investigation. The report said police are working with the Harrison County Prosecutor’s office to obtain the medical records for Stilger to determine if he was intoxicated at the time of the crash.

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