ANSONIA - On Sunday at approximately 3:56 p.m., Darke County Sheriff’s Office, with assistance, responded to a single vehicle fatality in the 3100 block of State Route 47, outside of Ansonia. This marks the fifth fatality in Darke County for 2014.
Preliminary investigation revealed that a 2011 GMC Canyon, driven by Jason Dirksen, 38, of Union City, was traveling westbound on State Route 47, occupied by John W. Neal, 39, Anderson, Ind., and Rory Wampler, 40, of Ansonia. The truck over corrected across the center line of the roadway, driving off the left side of the roadway into a ditch. The truck overturned and came to a rest on the driver’s side in a cornfield.
One passenger, John W. Neal, was pronounced deceased at the scene; Dirksen and Wampler were transported to Miami Valley Hospital via Care Flight for their injuries.
Darke County deputies, Darke County Coroner’s Office, Darke County Sheriff’s Office Accident Reconstruction Team, Darke County K-9, Ansonia Rescue, Ansonia Fire Department and Care Flight were dispatched to the scene for assistance.
Preliminary investigation revealed that speed and alcohol may have been factors in the accident. The accident remains under investigation with the Darke County Sheriff’s Office.