Driver in critical condition after logging truck crashes

A 67-year-old Nashville resident is in critical condition after his semi tipped over in a sharp curve near the 3400 block of West Lowell Road.

Steve Huber’s was driving east through a 90-degree turn in the roadway at about 9 a.m. Friday when the truck, carrying logs, tipped over on its passenger side, Bartholomew County Sheriff’s deputies said. The semi hit a telephone pole and fiber optic cables fell across the road after the accident.

Huber was initially trapped in the semi cab and eventually freed by Columbus and Columbus Township firefighters, said Capt. Dave Thompson, Columbus Township Fire Department spokesman.

Huber suffered severe head injuries and was transported by Lifeline helicopter to IU Health Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis, Thompson said.

West Lowell Road remained closed for about seven hours on Friday while the semi was removed and utility workers repaired the downed fiber optic cable lines.

Accidents at the 90-degree curve happen regularly, said Gayle Kelley, who lives along the stretch of Lowell Road where the semi tipped over into her front yard, scattering the lumber in her front yard.

Sheriff’s deputies are investigating whether speed was a factor in the accident.