Vigo County accident sends one to the hospital via helicopter

VIGO CO. – On Monday, May 23, 2022, at approximately 8:35 a.m., troopers from the Indiana State Police Putnamville Post and the Vigo County Sheriff’s Department responded to a single-vehicle crash on Cottom Drive near Briggs Street.

The preliminary investigation by Master Trooper Ted Robertson revealed that James S. Gofourth, 48, of Sullivan, was driving a 2013 International (water tanker) westbound on Cottom Drive near Briggs Street.

For an unknown reason, Gofourth lost control of his vehicle and traveled to the north side of Cottom Drive, running off of the roadway.  Gofourth overcorrected the vehicle back to the south side of the roadway and then struck a culvert.  This collision caused the vehicle to leave the roadway.  Upon leaving the roadway the vehicle then rolled approximately three to five times, ejecting Gofourth from the vehicle.   

Gofourth was transported to a hospital in Indianapolis, via Lifeline, for serious injuries. 

Master Trooper Robertson was assisted at the crash scene by Vigo County Deputies, Linton Volunteer Fire Department, Trans Care, Lifeline, and Peffley and Hinshaw.