MARTIN CO. – At approximately 8:33 a.m. on Monday, Martin County Sheriff’s Department received a 911 call about a single-vehicle accident involving a semi just north of the intersection of US Highway 231 and Raglesville Road.
Preliminary investigation indicates a 2002 International semi-tractor trailer hauling lumber was being driven by Merlin J. Miller, 43 of New Paris when for an unknown reason the semi crossed the center line and ran off the east side of the highway, and down into a ditch and came to a rest in a tree line.
Miller was located in the cab of the semi; however, he had succumbed to injuries sustained in the accident.
The roadway was closed for more than 7 hours for the investigation and clean-up.
Assisting at the scene were: Martin County Sheriff’s Office, Loogootee Police Department, Loogootee Fire Department, Martin County EMS, Martin County Civil Defense, Crane Naval Base EMS, Storks Towing out of Jasper and is being investigated by Trooper Andrew Beaver of the Jasper District.