Killed were passengers in the SUV; 20-year old Jessica Morgan of Birdseye and 28-year old Eric Bureau of Dale. They were pronounced dead at the scene of the accident which was shortly after 6pm Tuesday.
The driver of the SUV was 20-year old Carlisha Dooley of Ferdinand. The sheriff’s department says Dooley lost control of the SUV while driving eastbound on Indiana 64 just east of the Bretzville Junction (Indiana 162). The SUV struck a guardrail on the southside of the highway then it went down an embankment, through a tree; possibly overturning before coming to rest on its tires.
Dooley was taken to Memorial Hospital in Jasper before she was lifeflighted to St. Mary’s Medical Center where she is reported to be in stable condition this morning; however, the extent of her injuries are not known at this time. She was reportedly thrown from the vehicle.
The accident closed Indiana 64 for about 2 1/2 hours.
These are the sixth and seventh fatalities on Dubois County road/highways this year; second and third this month. 21-year old Michael Haas died from drowning following a one-vehicle accident just west of Schnellville Lake Sunday afternoon. Haas was sworn-in just last week as a new Ferdinand volunteer firefighter.