1 dead, 1 injured in crashes

By Josh Sigler

A 37-year-old Somerset man died in a crash Tuesday night, according to the Huntington County Sheriff’s Department.

Meanwhile, a Celina, Ohio, man was seriously injured in a separate accident in Wabash County on Tuesday morning.

According to Huntington County officials, around 10:20 p.m., Justin Adkins, of Somerset, was driving on County Road 500 West, north of County Road 700 South when his vehicle went off the east side of the road.

Investigators think he overcorrected, and then ended up on the other side of the road before overturning and striking a utility pole.

The Huntington County coroner’s office reported Adkins wasn’t wearing his seatbelt and was partially thrown from his car. Adkins died from his injuries.

Emergency crews found a dog inside the car and turned the animal over to Animal Care and Control. Officials say the dog was released to his family members.

In the Wabash County accident, William H. Bruggeman, 52, was traveling east on U.S. 24 and had gone off the roadway west of the intersection with State Road 15, officials reported.

The vehicle, a 2012 Freightliner, was located off the north side of the road way of the west bound lanes of travel for U.S. 24 between Falls Avenue and Stitt Street.

Bruggeman was awake following the crash, but not responsive, sitting in the driver’s seat of the vehicle, and was unable to give his account of the crash at that time.

Witnesses stated that Bruggeman was traveling east on U.S. 24, and for reasons unknown, the vehicle crossed from the outside lane of U.S. 24, crossing both lanes of U.S. 24 and went east into those lanes. He then left the road and impacted an embankment, and rolled over onto the embankment before coming to a stop.

Bruggeman became combative while in the ambulance, but the officer’s report stated Bruggeman didn’t appear to know what he was doing.

He was later sedated and flown by Lutheran Air Ambulance to Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne.

Officers made contact with Bruggeman on May 8. Bruggeman stated he remembered driving down U.S. 24 and then state he felt something “funny” with his body, and that the next thing he remembered was waking up in the hospital.

Posted on 2019 May 14