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Accident Claims Life Of Cannelton Woman
Updated September 25, 2014 7:25 AM | Filed under: Accident
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(FERDINAND) - A near head-on crash Wednesday afternoon north of Ferdinand claimed the life of a Cannelton woman.

At approximately 3:02 p.m.,, 23-year-old Brandon Chamberlain of Huntingburg was traveling north on State Road 162 in a white 2012 Ford F-350 SuperCrew pick-up truck when for an unknown reason he crossed the center line, striking a southbound tan 2001 Buick Century, driven by 60-year-old Donna Marie Evans of Cannelton. The impact pushed Evans's vehicle backwards and off of the east side of the roadway.

As Chamberlain's Ford continued north, Chamberlain could not maintain control of the vehicle. Due to the violent dynamics of the crash, an ATV in the bed of Chamberlain's truck became airborne and bounced through the windshield and roofline of a red 2013 Mazda CX-5 SUV, driven by 58-year-old Donna Trafton of Ferdinand. The impact by the ATV shattered the windshield and peeled the roof back off of the vehicle before coming dislodged and landing in a driveway on the west side of the roadway. Trafton's SUV came to rest on a hillside, also on the west side of the roadway.

After losing the ATV and sideswiping Trafton's vehicle, Chamberlain's Ford rolled onto the driver's side and slid northbound in the northbound lane and stopped. Chamberlain was had to be freed from the vehicle by first responders and was flown to St. Mary's Hospital in Evansville for treatment of a broken tibia.

Evans was transported to Memorial Hospital in Jasper, where she died from her injuries. Trafton was also taken to Memorial Hospital and is in stable condition after suffering two fractured vertebrae.

State Road 162 was closed for nearly three and a half hours while investigators processed the scene.

This crash remains under investigation.

Investigating Officer: Sergeant Philip Hensley. Assisting Agencies: Dubois County Sheriff's and Ferdinand Police Departments, Ferdinand and St. Anthony Fire Departments, Memorial Hospital EMS, Dubois County Coroner's Office

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