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Driver Of Mortuary Van Crashes
Updated May 17, 2017 6:42 AM | Filed under: Accident
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(PUTNAM CO.) - Tuesday afternoon at 1:05 p.m., Indiana State Police and Putnam County emergency agencies responded to a one-vehicle crash in the westbound lanes of Interstate 70 near the 35 mile marker.

The crash involved a mortuary services van transporting a deceased person and the only injury was the driver.

Preliminary investigation revealed a black 2013 Dodge Caravan, driven by 49-year-old Matthew J. Fitzthum of Clinton, was traveling westbound on I-70 and traveled off the roadway into the median, striking a tree.

Fitzthum was transported to Terre Haute Regional Hospital for treatment of multiple abrasions and pain. He was admitted for observation.

The deceased elderly female in transport was transferred to another mortuary services vehicle from the same Clinton mortuary services company owned by Fitzthum.

The investigation is continuing with the possibility of future charges, as alcohol appears to be a factor in this crash.

ISP Region V Dispatch Center had received calls just prior to the crash, concerning the driver may be impaired or fatigued.

The crash was investigated by ISP Senior Trooper Bill Bradbury. Assisting was ISP Sergeants Cory Robinson and Jared Nicoson, Cloverdale Town Marshal's Office, Putnam County EMS, and Cloverdale Fire/Rescue.

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