This morning, Oct. 9, at about 3:40 a.m. Indiana State Police responded to a two vehicle head-on crash on Michigan Road near Dawson Smith Road in Jefferson County, Indiana that resulted in the death of a Dupont, Indiana, man and seriously injured an Indiana Department of Corrections employee in the second vehicle. (Submitted photo)
This morning, Oct. 9, at about 3:40 a.m. Indiana State Police responded to a two vehicle head-on crash on Michigan Road near Dawson Smith Road in Jefferson County, Indiana that resulted in the death of a Dupont, Indiana, man and seriously injured an Indiana Department of Corrections employee in the second vehicle. (Submitted photo)

This morning, Oct. 9, at about 3:40 a.m. Indiana State Police responded to a two vehicle head-on crash on Michigan Road near Dawson Smith Road in Jefferson County, Indiana that resulted in the death of a Dupont, Indiana, man and seriously injured an Indiana Department of Corrections employee in the second vehicle.



The initial investigation by Trooper Andrew Garrett, Indiana State Police Versailles-Crash Reconstruction Team indicated a silver 2009 Toyota Tacoma driven by Raymond S. Beagles, 63, Dupont, Indiana was traveling north on Michigan Road when the vehicle crossed the centerline into the path of a southbound white 2011 Chevrolet van driven by Padget Davis, 51, Hanover, Indiana. The vehicles collided head on in the southbound lane of Michigan Road.



Beagles sustained fatal injuries in the collision. He was dead at the scene. Davis sustained serious injuries and was airlifted to University of Louisville Hospital.



The Chevrolet van was owned by the Indiana Department of Corrections. Davis was on duty at the time of the crash. She was taking a work release inmate back to the Madison Women’s Correctional Facility from her job when the crash occurred. The inmate was taken to King’s Daughters’ Hospital in Madison, for treatment of minor injuries.



Investigators believe Beagles had been consuming alcohol before the collision, which was a contributing factor to the crash. Investigators also believe that his speed was a contributing factor. Beagles was not restrained in the vehicle when the crash occurred.



Toxicology results are pending at this time.



The Indiana State Police was assisted by the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, Madison Police Department, Madison Township and Clifty Fire Departments, King’s Daughters’ Hospital EMS, Stat Flight Medical Helicopter, Jefferson County Coroner’s Office, and Stanley’s Wrecker Service.


Injuries serious in hilltop crash 3:00 p.m.

An accident involving an Indiana Department of Corrections van and another vehicle is believed to have resulted in at least one death and serious injuries to a corrections officer near the intersection of U.S. 421 and North Michigan Road at about 4 a.m. Wednesday.



The Jefferson County Coroners Office was called to the scene but has not released a report on the accident.

However, DOC spokesperson Margaux Auxier in Indianapolis confirmed that one of the DOC’s vehicles was involved in the crash and a corrections officer was flown to University of Louisville Hospital by helicopter in “serious condition” with “possible life-threatening injuries.”

Auxier said the DOC vehicle was occupied by the corrections officer and one inmate. She said DOC often transports inmates from the Madison Correctional Facility on the city’s hilltop to work-release opportunities at local factories and businesses and that was the situation Wednesday morning.

No other details of the crash were available. Indiana State Police investigated the accident but have not yet issued a report.