1 dead from semi crash accident involving semi closes down 25th Street near Petersville

A local man who worked for Vectren reading gas meters died after his vehicle collided with a semi on 25th Street east of County Road 500E, near Petersville.

Samuel R. Winick, 24, 2824 Riverside Drive, Columbus, was pronounced dead at the accident scene from multiple injuries and blunt force trauma, Bartholomew County Coroner Larry Fisher said.

The accident was reported about 1 p.m. Friday, according to Batholomew County Sheriff’s Sgt. T.A. Smith.

Winick had been working in Greensburg and was on his way back to Columbus when the accident occurred, Fisher said.

Winick was driving a car west on 25th Street and, for unknown reasons, veered into the eastbound lane and collided with the semi, deputies said.

The sheriff’s department closed 25th Street between County Road 500E to County Road 650E for more than two hours as sheriff’s deputies, Indiana State Police and firefighters worked at the accident scene. Deputies reopened 25th Street at about 3:30 p.m.

Firefighters from Clay Township and Columbus Township used extrication equipment to remove Winick from the vehicle, Fisher said. Indiana State Police were at the accident scene to assist.

The driver of the semi — identified as Gregory Freeman, 65, Columbus, Ohio — was not injured, deputies said.

The accident remains under investigation, deputies said.

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Julie McClure is assistant managing editor of The Republic. She can be reached at jmcclure@therepublic.com or (812) 379-5631.