Off-road accident claims life of Shelburn man

HYMERA – Indiana Conservation Officers are investigating a fatal off-road vehicle (ORV) accident that occurred Saturday in Sullivan County. 

At approximately 4:47 p.m., ­­­­­­Conservation officers were dispatched to a property near the 600 block of Orchard Street for a possible fatal ORV accident.

Upon arrival, responders learned that Billy Joe Alumbaugh, 53, of Shelburn had failed to return home when expected, and concerned family members set out to find him. 

While searching the area, family members located Alumbaugh and his amphibious ORV in Busseron Creek. Alumbaugh was unresponsive and pinned under a fallen tree, still occupying his ORV.

Alumbaugh was pronounced dead on the scene.

The investigation has determined the death was accidental, and no foul play is suspected.