Two Jennings County residents were killed in a head-on collision Tuesday night in Jefferson County. Sgt. Stephen Wheeles, spokesman for Indiana State Police, says that Troopers responded to the crash on State Road 256 near County Road 1000 West at about 9:30 p.m.
Wheeles says the initial investigation indicates that a car driven by 34-year-old Joshua C. Hendrix, of North Vernon, was traveling eastbound on State Road 256 near County Road 1000 West in Jefferson County. Police believe that Hendrix’s vehicle crossed the center double yellow line while attempting to pass another vehicle. Hendrix’s car entered into the path of a westbound car driven by 28-year-old Trisha M. Ebertshauser, of Scottsburg, colliding head-on.
ISP says that Hendrix’s vehicle traveled off the south side of the roadway and came to rest before catching fire. Ebertshauser’s vehicle traveled off the north side of the roadway and came to rest. Joshua Hendrix and a front seat passenger, 27-year-old Amanda J. Hendrix, of North Vernon, were pronounced deceased at the scene by the Jefferson County Coroner’s Office.
Ebertshauser sustained life threatening injuries in the crash. She was flown from the scene to the University of Louisville Hospital for treatment. A backseat passenger in Ebertshauser’s vehicle, 19-year-old Michael A. Riggs, of Bedford, Kentucky, was flown to the University of Louisville Hospital for treatment of serious injuries. The front seat passenger in Ebertshauser’s vehicle, 23-year-old Rebecca S. Roberts, of Scottsburg, was transported to King’s Daughter Hospital in Madison for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.
The investigation is ongoing.