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Leopold man hurt in IN 66 accident

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By Vince Luecke

DERBY - A Leopold man was injured Tuesday morning when the pickup truck he was driving collided with a tractor on Indiana 66 near Derby.

James Houston Smith, 59, of 16287 Old Indiana 37, suffered several broken ribs, a damaged spleen and other internal injuries. He was taken to Jewish Hospital in Louisville, Ky.

Information on his condition was not available Friday afternoon.

According to Perry County Sheriff's Deputy Kenny Blinzinger, Smith was northbound on Indiana 66 and attempted to pass a tractor, which was carrying a hay tedder, that was also northbound.

However, the operator of the tractor, Charles Mogan, 24, of 80684 Indiana 66, Derby, turned left, causing a collision between the tractor and tedder and Smith's 1987 Dodge pickup truck.

Smith's truck traveled off the right side of the road and came to rest on its side. Mogan was not injured.

Perry County EMS, Perry County Rescue Squad and the Central Perry Volunteer Fire Department assisted at the scene of the 9:30 a.m. accident, which occurred about a mile and a half south of Derby.