US 24 back open after crash involving dump truck and pickup

HUNTINGTON, Ind. (WANE) A crash involving a dump truck and a pickup left one person injured and forced the closure of the eastbound lanes of U.S. 24 for about two hours early Friday afternoon according to Indiana State Police.

Police and medics were called just after 1:30 p.m. to the intersection of U.S. 24 and Old Fort Wayne Road on a report of a crash.

According to Sgt. Ron Galaviz, both vehicles were headed east when the driver of the dump truck slowed down to turn left onto Old Fort Wayne Road. The driver of the pickup hit the back of the dump truck, causing it to roll at least once.

The driver of the pickup, Thomas Unger, 37, of Roanoke was pinned in the vehicle. After emergency crews extricated him, he was airlifted to a hospital for what were described as serious injuries to his legs.

The driver of the dump truck was not injured and no other vehicles were involved.  Alcohol and/or drugs are not believed to have been a factor.  Assisting Indiana State Police were the Huntington County Sheriff’s Dept., Huntington Police Department, the Huntington Township Fire Department and the Roanoke Fire Department.

The pickup truck involved in a crash with a dump truck on US 24 in Huntington County on Friday, August 18, 2017 is shown after being loaded on a flat bed truck.