(Versailles, Ind.) - A single mother of two children was killed in a crash in Ripley County.
The Ripley County Sheriff’s Office says Tiffany Helms, 28, Versailles, lost control of her 1987 Pontiac passenger car at a blind curve on State Road 350 a half mile east of Finks Road at about 9:50 Friday morning.
Helms’ car skidded into the opposite lane where it was struck by a Best Way Disposal Services truck. The two vehicles became entangled, went off the roadway into a large ravine across a creek and into a sparsely wooded embankment.
Firefighters with Osgood and Delaware fire departments had to free both drivers from the mangled wreckage.
The county coroner pronounced Helms dead at the scene.
The truck driver, 59-year-old Michael W. Shelton, Osgood, was taken by ambulance to Margaret Mary Community Hospital in Batesville. There is no update on his current condition.
SR 350 was shut down to traffic for nearly seven hours as crews cleared the scene and Indiana State Police accident reconstructionists investigated a cause.
Icy road conditions may have contributed to the accident. Deputies responded to numerous slide-offs around the county Friday morning.
In addition to numerous volunteers from the two aforementioned the Fire Departments; other agencies assisting at the scene included: Ripley County Paramedics and both Rescue 69 and Rescue 30 members.