Wreck claims lives of two county residents

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A two vehicle accident on State Road 250 near East Enterprise on Wednesday morning claimed the lives of two well known county residents.

James May, 65, and his wife, Charlene May, 62, where both killed when their vehicle collided with a garbage truck on State Road 250 near Phillips Road at approximately 8 a.m. Wednesday morning.

Switzerland County 911 said that it received a call at 7:59 a.m. of an accident involving a vehicle and a garbage truck, and the call was responded to by the Switzerland County Sheriff’s Department; the Indiana State Police; Switzerland County EMS; the Moorefield Volunteer Fire Department; and the East Enterprise Volunteer Fire Department.

The Switzerland County Coroner’s office was also summoned to the scene.

According to Trooper Greg Grove of the Indiana State Police, a garbage truck operated by Ridge Runner Disposal Service was eastbound on State Road 250 when the driver of the truck, Richard Hilligoss, stated that one of the wheels came off of the truck.

Richard Hilligoss told investigators that he stopped in the roadway to check on the wheel.

Trooper Grove said that the vehicle carrying James and Charlene May was also traveling east on highway 250, and when the vehicle crested the top of the hill, it struck the truck in the rear end.

“I don’t think they ever saw the truck,” Trooper Grove said. “The sun was glaring at that time of the morning, so that could have been a factor.”

Trooper Grove said that neither victim was wearing a seat belt at the time of the accident; and that the investigation is ongoing. He said that the trash truck was to be inspected by the motor carrier on Wednesday afternoon; but that investigators don’t feel that there are any mitigating factors that contributed to the accident.

The Indiana State Police are now handling the investigation into the crash.

James and Charlene May were well known residents of Switzerland County, living on Lake Geneva Road. Both were longtime employees of the Switzerland County School Corporation as bus drivers, and were known by many of the children that they carried back and forth to school, as well as parents and other members of the community.

Services for both are pending at Haskell and Morrison Funeral Home in Vevay.