Two Perry County Women Killed in Monday Night Crash Near Chrisney
CHRISNEY (Local Sources) – A Monday night crash involving a car and a tractor-trailer resulted in the death of two Perry County women.
Indiana State Police say at 9:16pm, Central Time, 67-year old Violet Patterson of Cannelton was driving east on Indiana 70, just east of Chrisney, in a 2003 Toyota Echo. As Patterson was approaching U. S. 231, she crossed the southbound lanes but did not stop in the paved section of median before proceeding across the northbound lanes.
As Patterson crossed the northbound lanes, Patterson drove into the path of a 2001 Kenworth Truck, hauling a 38,000 pound coil of steel. The driver, 37-year old Billy Ray Widener of Marion, NC, did not have time to react or attempt to avoid striking Patterson’s Toyota. The crash pushed the Toyota north through the intersection and over posted highway signs.
Patterson and her passenger, Velma Bolin, also of Cannelton, were both pronounced dead at the scene by the Spencer County Coroner. Widener was transported to Owensboro Health in Owensboro, Kentucky for evaluation.
The northbound lanes of U. S. 231 were closed for two and a half hours while State Police investigated the crash.