Anderson Man Dies in Grant County Crash

Grant County – Wednesday at approximately 11:31 p.m., officers from the Indiana State Police and the Grant County Sheriff’s Department responded to a two-vehicle crash on State Road 22, at State Road 37, in which an Anderson, IN man died.

The preliminary crash investigation by Trooper A.J. Coffee revealed that William Barbee, 60, Anderson, IN was driving a 1997 Ford F-350 pickup truck southbound on State Road 37, approaching a red stop light at State Road 22. Barbee stopped for the red light and then proceeded into the intersection. The Ford was struck in the passenger side by an eastbound 2006 Volvo semi-tractor driven by James Rettig, 66, Holgate, OH. The semi-tractor had a green light and was not required to stop.

Barbee was ejected from the pickup truck and pronounced dead at the crash scene. Rettig was not injured.

Barbee was not wearing a seat belt.

Rettig was pulling a box trailer loaded with field lime for Theo Fritz Trucking based in Holgate, Ohio.

This is an ongoing investigation. 

Trooper Coffee was assisted at the crash scene by ISP Sergeant Rick Brown, Senior Trooper Jeremy Perez, Senior Trooper Eric Treon, the Grant County Sheriff’s Department, Grant County EMS, the Swayzee Fire Department, and the Grant County Coroner’s Office.

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