SR 56 Crash Update – Shoe led to collision

SR 56 Crash Update – Shoe led to collision


A yellow Ford focus ( driver by 17 year old Mathew Brackney) was driving south on West Washington School Road approaching the stop sign at SR 56. 


This Yellow Ford Focus crossing into State Road 56, striking a Semi trailer Monday afternoon.


According to the Indiana State Police, Brackney was not able to brake due to his shoe being lodged behind the brake. 

He went through the intersection of State Road 56 and West Washington School Road and T- boned a semi truck ( driven by Jason Ashton) near the driver’s side fuel tank.  Brackney was not injured.

This caused the semi to cross the center line of State Road 56 and into the path of a Chevrolet pickup truck driven by Rob Brennan. Tanya Sowder, was a passenger in the truck and was thrown out.

Both were taken to University of Louisville hospital by helicopter ambulance.

Brennan suffered severe burns to his body and skin grafts are being planned.

Sowder suffered a broken leg and underwent surgery today.

Ashton was taken to St. Vincent Hospital where he was treated and released.

After the semi hit the Chevrolet truck he pushed the truck off the north side of the roadway and then the cab of the semi rolled over onto the Chevrolet truck, trapping the driver of the truck under the semi. 

The semi caught fire and began to burn the cab and also the Chevrolet truck.  Rescue workers removed the semi from the truck and worked nearly an hour to remove Brennan from the wreckage.

Assisting Agencies were:

Livonia Vol Fire Dept.

Salem Fire Dept.

Washiington Co. EMS

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