Man airlifted after dump truck crash in Clay County

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CLAY COUNTY, Ind. (WTHI) – One person was airlifted after a Thursday afternoon crash in Clay County.

It happened just before 3:30 on US 40 near County Road 300 East.

Police say 18-year-old Austin Dean of Knightsville was driving east on US 40, when he attempted to turn left into the median crossover just west of CR 300 East.

Dean turned into the path of a dump truck driven by 48-year-old Edgar Ballenger from Riley.

A passenger in Dean’s car, 18-year-old Matthew Rutledge, of Brazil, was airlifted to Eskenazi Hospital in Indianapolis for leg injuries.

Dean was treated at St. Vincent Clay Hospital for head injuries. Ballenger was not injured.

Dean was cited for Unsafe Movement from Lane to Lane.

Alcohol or drugs do not appear to be a factor. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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