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A two-vehicle accident in Gallatin County May 30 claimed the life of a Warsaw woman and injured two others.
Kentucky State Police reports that Gallatin County dispatch received a call at 2:27 p.m. May 30 about a two-vehicle injury accident on U.S. 42, west of Warsaw. The Gallatin County Sheriff’s Department, fire department and EMS responded to the scene.
Gallatin County notified KSP Post 5 to send a reconstructionist to the scene, because it involved a fatality, according to a KSP news release.
The collision involved a Chevrolet pickup and a dump truck. The operator of the pickup, Deborah Ryles, 55, of Warsaw, was pulled over on the westbound shoulder of traffic, KSP reported. The pickup was loaded down with furniture.
Ryles attempted to make a U-turn, back eastbound and was struck in the driver’s side by a dump truck, according to the news release. The dump truck was loaded with 78,000 pounds of asphalt and operated by Terry Hall, 68, of Florence, Ind. KSP said Hall was westbound on U.S. 42 when the pickup pulled into his lane of travel.
Ryles was not wearing a seat belt, she was pronounced dead at the scene by the Gallatin County coroner. A front-seat passenger in the pickup, Donvoan Brown, 29, of Warsaw, also was not wearing a seat belt, according to KSP. Brown had apparent broken bones and was transported to Carroll County Memorial Hospital for injuries that were not life-threatening. Hall sustained cuts and scrapes and was also transported to CCMH for treatment. Both were transported by Gallatin County EMS.
The investigation is being lead by Trooper Brandon Maupin. Neither operator appeared to be intoxicated and no charges were pending by press time Tuesday.