claims life of Milan man
Wanda English Burnett
According to information from Sgt. Noel Houze of the Indiana State
Police, a head on crash claimed the life of Wess A. Lovins, 31,
of Milan, Sunday night about 11:00 p.m.
Police were dispatched to US 50 in Elrod after a 911 call came
in reporting a serious crash there.
Trooper Brian Earls responded to the report to find a 1997 Buick
Century driven by Lovins had been traveling westbound on US 50
when for unknown reasons the vehicle went left of center and struck
an eastbound 2011 Freightliner semi head on. The semi tractor
was pulling a box trailer.
Lovins was pinned in his vehicle and was pronounced dead at the
scene. He suffered massive trauma, according to a representative
from the Ripley County Coroners office.
The driver of the semi, Tommy Lee Wilson III, 31, of Milledgeville,
GA and a co-driver, Stanley E. Short, 50, of Culloden, GA, were
both transported to Margaret Mary Community Hospital in Batesville
complaining of pain.
US 50 was closed for nearly six hours as officers investigated
the crash and workers were able to clear the wreckage so motorists
could safely pass through. The road opened Monday morning, May
2 about 5 a.m.
Tpr. Earls was the investigating officer and was assisted at the
scene by other troopers, Ripley County Sheriffs Office,
Milan Police Department, Milan Fire Department, Ripley County
EMS, Ripley County Coroners Office, and the Indiana Department
of Transportation. The crash remains under investigation.
Funeral arrangements are pending at Stratton-Karsteter Funeral
Home in Versailles.