Road worker hit by vehicle in Cass County

CASS CO., Ind. (ADAMS) – Indiana State Police say a highway worker had to be airlifted to a Fort Wayne hospital after being hit by a car near Cass County on Wednesday.

According to ISP, it happened around 8:15 a.m. on U.S. 35 near Cass County Road 500 South.

Indiana State Police released the following:

The preliminary crash investigation by Master Trooper Ezariah Bricknell revealed that James Paullus, 83, Logansport, IN was driving a 2005 GMC pickup truck southbound on U.S. 35 near County Road 500 South. Yigermal Getachew, 38, Indianapolis, IN was driving a 2018 Nissan Sentra following the GMC pickup truck. Both vehicles drove upon a highway work zone. Paullus stopped for Charles Davis, a highway worker holding a stop sign to control traffic for a work crew milling the road. Getachew failed to stop behind the GMC truck and swerved west, hitting the rear of the GMC with a glancing blow. The Nissan continued onto the shoulder where it struck Davis.

Davis was flown from the scene, via Lutheran Medical Helicopter, to Fort Wayne hospital. He suffered several broken bones. Neither Paullus nor Getachew was injured.

This is an ongoing investigation. Neither the use of alcohol nor narcotics is suspected of being a contributing factor in the crash.

Davis works for the Reith Riley Company.

Bricknell was assisted at the crash scene by Trooper Dustin Rutledge, Master Trooper Chris Miller, ISP Sergeant Brian Dormer, the Cass County Sheriff’s Department, the New Waverly Fire Department, and Cass County EMS.