(HAMILTON) - Two men were injured Tuesday morning in a traffic accident just outside of Hamilton in DeKalb County. Indiana State Police report the crash happened at about 9:10am on County Road 00 North near County Road 51 when a 2011 Freightliner box truck driven by 51 year old Michael W. Hephner of Angola went off the south side of the road, went into a ditch and struck two tress before stopping on the road. Troopers say Hephner purportedly took his eyes off the road for just a moment.
Hephner was taken by Steuben County E.M.S. to Cameron Hospital. His passenger, 64 year old Howard T. Beekman of Coldwater, was flown to Parkview Regional Medical Center by the Samaritan Helicopter.
State Police say both men were wearing their seatbelts at the time of the crash which may have prevented more serious injuries.
The Steuben County Sheriffs Department, Ashley Police, Steuben County E.M.S., along with firefighters from Hamilton and Ashley and Bill’s Professional Towing assisted the State Police.