Friday, December 16, 2011

Drivers in Thursday Night Collision Identified

On December 15, 2011 at approximately 8:33 PM, Darke County Deputies, along with Ansonia Fire and Rescue, and Careflight, were dispatched to the intersection of U. S. Route 127 at State Route 185 in reference to a two vehicle injury accident.

Prelimary investigation revealed that a silver 2006 Dodge truck, driven by Joseph Fortkamp, 35, Rossburg, was westbound on State Route 185 when he failed to yield at a stop sign and drove into the intersection and struck the side of a 2000 Volvo semi tractor trailer, driven by Robert D. Baker, 59, Ludlow Falls, which was southbound on U. S. Route 127. The semi tractor trailer, which was hauling seven brand new Chevy pickups, came to a stop on U. S. Route 127, completely blocking the roadway.

Fortkamp was airlifted to Miami Valley Hospital, where he is listed in critical condition. Baker was transported to Wayne Hospital in Greenville by Ansonia Rescue, and later transferred to Miami Valley Hospital, where he is listed in stable condition. U. S. Route 127 was closed to traffic for over seven hours while crews cleaned up the wreckage.

The accident remains under investigation by the Darke County Sheriff's Department.

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