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LODD Indiana – Fire Engine Overturns

Returning to Quarters Non-Emergency

JEREMY TIGHE, 18, A MEMBER OF the McCutchanville Volunteer Fire Department died Wednesday evening when the fire engine he was riding in left the roadway, partially overturned and "violently" struck a utility pole.

Courier & Press / Clark

The Evansville Courier & Press reported:

Lt. Brandon Cason, the driver, "was not injured seriously" in the accident, (Fire Department PIO) Gibson said, but the 24-year-old was taken to Deaconess Hospital. Gibson said he belived Cason has since been released from the hospital. "They were returning from a run when for some unknown reason their truck went off the side of the pavement," said Gibson in a phone interview Wednesday night.

The single-vehicle wreck occurred about 8:25 p.m. as the firetruck was traveling north on St. Joseph Avenue. It occurred only about a half-mile from the McCutchanville station on North St. Joseph Avenue.

"Our preliminary investigation indicates that the truck left the roadway and onto the shoulder for unknown reasons," Vanderburgh County Sheriff Eric Williams said in a news release.

Williams said there's no indication that drugs or alcohol were a factor in the wreck, but a sample of Cason's blood was taken.

Gibson said the McCutchanville Fire Department is shut down until further notice.

Today (Thursday) would have been Jeremy's 19th birthday.

Thanks to Mark Donovan.

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