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Fatal Accident Caused When Van Crosses Center Line

Last updated on Saturday, April 13, 2013

(BEDFORD) - According to a Bedford Police reports, the fatal wreck on Wednesday on Mitchell Road was caused when a van crossed the center line and sideswiped a Lineal Contracting Inc. truck and trailer.

The wreck reported at 4:21 pm happened at the intersection of 28th Street.

According to the police report, 36-year-old Stacey D. Orman-Glotzbach, of 2427 H St, was driving the family's 2005 Kia Sedona van north on Mitchell road when she crossed the center line and veered into the southbound lane colliding with the Lineal truck, driven by 34-year-old Jason Hess, of Orleans. The trailer was loaded with large reels holding plastic tubing.

The wreck left Stacey and her two son 14-year-old Derek Finney and 4-year-old Chayce Orman-Goltzbach dead and injured her husband 28-year-old Skye Orman-Glotzbach and her daughter 11-year-old Tessa Finney.

According to Lawrence County Coroner Robert Herr, Stacey and her two sons died at the scene.

Skye Orman-Glotzbach was flown by helicopter ambulance to Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis. Tessa Finney was flown to Riley Hospital for Children, also in Indianapolis.

Hess was not injured in the collision.

Police didn't say why the van crossed the center line.

Police say Hess swerved into the right lane, but the van continued down the truck and the trailer sideswiping the vehicle.

The van then spun, went back across the northbound lanes and crashed into a guardrail.

Police say witnesses at the scene say the van was traveling about 45 to 50 miles per hour when the collision happened.

Witnesses also told police the van had been in the left lane of northbound Mitchell road and swerved into the right lane and then suddenly went back into the left lane crossing the center line.

Though the accident was not Hess' fault, he was issued a traffic citation for operating a commercial vehicle without a commercial driver's license and operating a property-carrying vehicle without possessing a valid medical certificate.

Officers from the Bedford Police Department, Lawrence County Police Department and Indiana State Police helped investigate the crash. Accident reconstructionist LCPD Chief Deputy Mike investigated the crash.

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