A truck driver and his passenger were injured in a single-vehicle crash Tuesday morning just outside Hamilton, according to the Indiana State Police.
According to Trooper David Poe, at around 9:10 a.m. a 2011 Freightliner box truck driven by 51-year-old Michael W. Hephner of Angola was traveling eastbound on County Road 00 N (800 S) in the area of County Road 51.
Hephner reportedly took his eyes off the road for just a moment and his truck went into a ditch, where it struck two trees before stopping back on the road, according to the ISP.
Hephner was taken by Steuben County EMS to Cameron Hospital in Angola and his passenger, 64-year-old Howard T. Beekman of Coldwater, Mich., was flown to Parkview Regional Medical Center by Samaritan.
Both men were wearing their seatbelts at the time of the crash, and the ISP didn't know their conditions.
Poe was assisted by the Steuben County Sheriff Department, Ashley Police Department, Steuben County EMS, Samaritan, Hamilton Fire Department, Ashley Fire Department and Bill's Professional Towing.
Fair wants adult participation
Adults may participate in Allen County Fair events July 22-27 at the Allen County Fairgrounds, 2726 Carroll Road. Events include fashion show judging July 10, with public review July 19; open class exhibits July 21, with a release date of July 27 at $1 per entry in foods, food preservation, clothing construction, houseplants, flower arranging, wreaths, garden produce, arts and crafts, wall hangings, Christmas decorations, ceramics, fine arts, miniatures, photography and sewing. Contact Allen County Extension Office at 481-6826 for registration forms or visit Extension Homemaker Events website at www.extension.purdue.edu/allen.