Car driver in U.S. 31 crash dies

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Columbus firefighters used extrication equipment to free the driver of the Mercedes Benz involved in an accident at U.S. 31 and Commerce Drive.

Columbus, Ind. — The driver of a passenger car that struck a semi-truck while southbound on U.S. 31 on Friday has died.

The driver of a 2006 Mercedes Benz, William H. Everroad, 80, of Columbus, was seriously injured and had to be extricated from his vehicle, said Lt. Matt Harris, spokesman for the Columbus Police Department.

Everroad was flown by LifeLine medical helicopter to Indiana University Health Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis, where he died from his injuries later that evening, Harris said.

The accident occurred at 4:15 p.m. Friday in the vicinity of Commerce Drive. Investigating officers determined that Everroad, traveling south on U.S. 31, struck the rear of a Columbus Container semi-tractor trailer as it was turning right onto Commerce Drive from National Road, investigators said.

Columbus police and firefighters temporarily closed the southbound lanes of National Road to investigate the accident.

Debris covers National Road near Commerce Drive after a 4:12 p.m. accident in which a car ran into the rear of a semi on Friday afternoon. Photo by Mark Webber
Debris covers National Road near Commerce Drive after a 4:12 p.m. accident in which a car ran into the rear of a semi on Friday afternoon.
Photo by Mark Webber
A Lifeline helicopter leaves the scene of the accident at National Road and Commerce Drive.
A Lifeline helicopter leaves the scene of the accident at National Road and Commerce Drive.