A Bedford woman died after a semi truck failed to pass a red light on Indiana 37 in Judah, Indiana, according to the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office. At 18:45 northbound, the 37 was still idle for the crash to be repaired.
Here is a press release from the LCSO:
**FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE**
At approximately 2:59 p.m. Wednesday, January 11, the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office received and acted on a report of a serious accident at the intersection of SR 37 and Old SR 37 in Judah. Upon arrival, officers found two vehicles involved in the accident. One of the vehicles was a fully loaded cinder block semi-truck that had overturned in the northbound lanes of SR 37, just north of the intersection.
Preliminary investigations revealed that a 2013 semi-truck operated by Randall Schuyler (52 years old of Greenfield, IN) and owned by Blue Star Transport of Lebanon was traveling northbound on SR 37. A 2010 Nissan Altima, operated by Katrena Cunningham (64 years old from Bedford), was traveling west on Old SR 37 at the traffic light. The light turned green for westbound Old SR 37 traffic and the Nissan began turning south (left) onto SR 37. The trailer truck, which had a red light, did not stop and drove through the intersection. The semitrailer tried to swerve but collided with the Nissan. The impact forced the Nissan off the right side of the northbound SR 37 while the half-car overturned partially in the center lane and partially in the northbound lane of the SR 37. Due to bad weather with rain and fog, an ambulance could not respond to the scene. Both the driver of the Nissan, Mrs. Cunningham, and the truck driver, Mr. Shuyler, were transported to IU Health in Bloomington. Unfortunately, Ms Cunningham did not survive her injuries. Your family has been notified. There were no other occupants in either vehicle.
The Lawrence County Fatal Accident Crash Team responded to the scene to help with the investigation and complete an accident reconstruction. In addition, the Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Division of the Indiana State Police assisted with both on-scene and follow-up inspections of the tractor-trailer. Toxicological results for the drivers are still pending.
The crash is being investigated by Detective Michael Ramos and Officer Brenton Trueblood. They were joined by Lawrence County officers Sgt. Michael Williams, Major Brandon Blackwell, Captain Andrew Phillips, Detective Andrea Barnett and Sheriff Greg Day.
Supporting agencies included the Marshall Township Fire Department, Bedford Fire Department, Bedford Police Department, Indiana State Police, and the IU Health Ambulance Service. Stone City Collision responded by towing the Nissan, while Bland’s Towing is currently working to right and remove the articulated lorry. As of 18:45, northbound SR 37 is still blocked while crews work to remove the semi. The delay is expected to continue for some time.