WEST TERRE HAUTE -- A 15-year-old boy, from West Terre Haute, was airlifted to Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis by LifeLine helicopter with unknown injuries after a truck and bicycle crash in western Vigo County.
Deputies were dispatched to the crash near 3460 Old Paris Road early this afternoon.
According to a Vigo County Sheriff's Office press release, the driver of the truck, Harry Laycock, stated that he was westbound on Old Paris Road entering a curve in the roadway when he observed a boy riding a bicycle westbound along the shoulder.
Laycock reportedly told deputies that the boy then began to drift across the roadway into the westbound lane.
"Laycock said that he attempted to brake and swerve,but was unable to keep from hitting the boy," Chief Deputy John Moats said.
The Vigo County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the crash. Moats wants to remind residents of the added traffic on the roadways due to the warming weather.
“Drivers need to be aware of the increased bicycle and motorcycle traffic during the upcoming months,” Moats said, noting the boy did not appear to have been wearing a helmet.
Additional responding agencies:
Sugar Creek Rescue
Several cars sustained damage in a crash this afternoon on Davis Drive. Non life-threatening Injuries were reported at the scene, according to the dispatcher.
Emergency crews responded to the crash involving four vehicles near Fourth Street in front of Dairy Queen around 2:30 p.m. Terre Haute Police, Indiana State Police and Terre Haute Fire Department personnel worked the scene and directed traffic. A white Cadillac sustained heavy front and rear damage and required a tow truck. The other vehicles had minor damage.
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