TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) — A Lafayette man was airlifted to an Indianapolis hospital Tuesday after a car crash resulted in injuries that were first thought to be minor.
It happened at U.S. 231 and County Road 500 South about 3:20 p.m.
The Tippecanoe County Sheriff’s Office said a semi carrying soybeans may have run a red light while traveling north on U.S. 231. It collided with a pickup truck, driven by 67-year-old Scott Giese of Lafayette, which came to rest in a ditch.
Both drivers were initially reported to have minor injuries. Investigators said Giese’s condition worsened after he was taken to a hospital. He was flown from the hospital to St. Vincent in Indianapolis with life-threatening injuries.
Authorities said Giese was in intensive care Wednesday afternoon and breathing on his own.
The driver of the semi, identified as Trevor Perrault, 31, of Danville, Indiana, was in the hospital and stable as of Tuesday night.
The sheriff’s office said the investigation is still ongoing. Speed is not believed to have been a factor.