(New Castle, IN) Troopers from the Indiana State Police Pendleton District are investigating a crash that sent two Henry County deputies to the hospital for non-life threatening injuries.
On Thursday, December 29, 2022, at approximately 8:00 P.M., Trooper Avery Weidbrodt was called to respond to the intersection on State Road 3 and Interstate 70 for a two-vehicle crash with injury that involved a Henry County Sherriff vehicle. When the trooper arrived at the scene, he located a semi-tractor and trailer driven by GUL LOQMAN of Yonkers, New York. and the Henry County Sheriff Dodge Durango, driven by Deputy Christopher Hafley, 23, of Muncie, Indiana. Hafley was being trained by another deputy, Deputy Derek Bertrand, 33, of New Castle, Indiana at the time of the crash.
A preliminary investigation revealed several deputies from the Henry County Sheriff's Department were responding to a Knightstown (IN) Officer's request for assistance with an individual who was resisting arrest. The deputy vehicle involved in the crash was following behind two other marked police vehicles approximately 50-100 yards traveling southbound on State Road 3. As the vehicles approached the intersection of State Road 3 and Interstate 70, the first two police vehicles proceeded through the intersection. As Deputy Hafley approached the intersection, the tractor trailer pulled into the intersection to enter the on ramp to Interstate 70. Deputy Hafley did not have time to react and struck the tractor trailer.
Further investigation determined that Deputy Hafley entered the intersection with the right of way due to the automatic traffic signal displaying a green light, and had his emergency lights and siren activated.
Loqman was cited for failure to yield the right of way. He was also transported to the Henry County Memorial Hospital for non-life threatening injuries. The investigation is still ongoing at this time.
Trooper Weisbrodt was assisted by Trooper JT Burns and Trooper Michael Thiron. Other responding agencies were Spiceland Fire Department, Dunreith Fire Department, New Castle EMS and Davis Towing.
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