VERMILLION COUNTY, Ind. — One man was killed and another injured in a morning crash apparently caused by distracted driving along Indiana Route 63 in northern Vermillion County.
Indiana State Police confirmed the driver, Joshua R. Ellis, 29, of Williamsport, Ind., died as a result of the collision that took place at 9:15 a.m. EDT Friday near State Road 234, just outside of Cayuga, Ind. He died at Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis, according to Indiana State Police.
A passenger, Richard Ogborn, 29, of Williamsport, Ind., was airlifted from the scene to Methodist Hospital in critical condition. He suffered head and internal injuries.
According to accident reports, Ellis pulled out into the intersection and into the path of an oncoming semi tractor-trailer driven by Cory Bushong, 43, of Hoopeston. The semi struck the Geo Prism Ellis was driving broadside.
Both Ellis and Ogborn had to be extricated from the car by members of the Cayuga Fire/Rescue Department with assistance from Perrysville Fire/Rescue Department.
According to state police, Ellis tested positive for marijuana. In addition, witnesses told police that Ellis was using his cell phone when he pulled into the path of the semi.
The semi tractor-trailer originated in Terre Haute, Ind., and was en route to Hoopeston at the time of the crash.