One dead after unoccupied work truck hits two people in parking lot


Man dies after being hit in parking lot of the Community Health Network office building located at 740 W. Green Meadows Drive when an unoccupied truck lunged forward.

GREENFIELD – Officials from the Greenfield Police Department (GPD) say an Indianapolis man is dead and a woman remains in an Indianapolis hospital this afternoon following an accident in the parking lot of a Community Health Network office building this morning.

In a release from officials from the GPD, deputy chief Chuck McMichael said an accident happened around 10 a.m. Monday morning when a work truck, while the operator was outside of the vehicle, lurched forward into people and another vehicle, killing one person.

Officials have not released the name of the person who died or the others involved in the accident yet.

Officials with the GPD as well as from the Greenfield Fire Territory were the first dispatched to the parking lot of the Community Health Network office building located at 740 W. Green Meadows Drive where officials had a report of a serious injury crash.

Once on the scene, first responders said they located a male and female who were both injured. Paramedics and Firefighter/EMT’s from the GFT took over patient care as soon as they arrived. Despite their life-saving measures, the man was pronounced dead at the scene. The injured woman, officials said in the release, was taken to an Indianapolis hospital for further treatment.

McMichael said they do not have the name of the victim for release at this time, but the injured woman is expected to survive.

Due to the seriousness of the crash, the Hancock County FACT team was requested to investigate the accident.

McMichael said preliminary investigation shows a box truck, owned and operated by Shred-it, was being operated by an employee of the company at the time of the crash. The employee was outside of the vehicle, operating the document shredding mechanism of the truck, when the truck lunged forward, striking a parked vehicle, two pedestrians and another parked vehicle before coming to a stop.

The operator of the truck is fully cooperating with investigators and has submitted to a blood test, officials said, which is protocol for an accident resulting in serious injury or death.

Officials noted the agencies who assisted at the scene, which included the GFT, Fountaintown Volunteer Fire Department, Hancock County Sheriff’s Department, Hancock County Coroner’s Office, Community Health Network Police Department, Davis Towing and Recovery, and Johnson’s Towing.

McMichael noted in the GPD release employees from the Community Health Network office came out to assist before emergency personnel arrived on scene.