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Last updated on Thursday, July 26, 2012
(SHOALS) - A Loogootee man was rescued from his burning vehicle Tuesday afternoon on U.S. 50 west of Freeman Road.
According to a Martin County Police report, 46-year-old John Hovis was traveling east on U.S. 50 when for some unknown reason he went left of the center line and collided with a Mack semi-tractor trailer driven by Robert Hand.
The impact caused Hovis' Volkswagen Beetle to ignite on fire. The car went down an embankment into a small ditch where it continued to burn until Shoals firefighters arrived to extinguish the blaze.
The semi went off the south side of the road and hit a tree and partially turned on its side.
Hovis was pulled from his burning car by witnesses at the scene. Hovis was taken by helicopter to the University of Louisville Hospital where he is listed in fair condition.
Hand had to be freed from the semi, owned by Presnell Brothers. He was taken to IU Health Bedford and then transferred to St. Mary's Hospital in Evansville where he was treated and released.
The investigating officer was Martin County Sheriff Department Sgt. Keith Keller and he was assisted by Sheriff Rob Street, Chief Deputy Tony Dant, Indiana State Police Trooper Ken Miller, the Shoals Fire Department, Martin County Civil Defense, Martin County EMS, Air Evac and G&M Wrecker Service.
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