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Coroner Identifies Man Killed in Truck Crash at Newburgh Apartment

The Warrick County Coroner has identified the man who died in Tuesday's truck-vs-apartment crash in Newburgh as a 55-year-old man from Evansville, Indiana.

Posted: Jun 1, 2021 3:43 PM
Updated: Jun 2, 2021 8:45 AM

A 55-year-old Evansville man was killed after a truck crashed into an apartment building on Tuesday afternoon in Newburgh, Indiana.

The crash happened at the Canterbury House Apartments complex on Outer Lincoln Avenue, where two men were delivering furniture in a box truck when the driver accelerated and crashed into an apartment.

The Warrick County Sheriff's Office told 44News they believe the driver of the box truck may have suffered a medical emergency before the crash happened. He was taken to Ascension St. Vincent Hospital where he's expected to survive his injuries.

The passenger in the truck was crushed during the impact and died at the scene. The Warrick County Coroner later identified the man who died as 55-year-old Douglas Meuhlbauer of Evansville.

The coroner says an autopsy has been completed and preliminary findings indicate Meuhlbauer died from blunt force trauma.

A mother and two of her three children were inside the apartment at the time of the crash, but they were in the back of the unit and not near the wall that was hit.

"My daughter was asleep next to me but I didn't know so I freaked out thinking that my 72-inch TV fell on her, but she was right next to me, thank God," said Amanda Grant, who lives in the apartment that was hit. "We walked down the hallway and saw the truck in the living room; we could all taste the dust from the drywall and see the big holes and my daughter instantly started screaming bloody murder so all the neighbors thought she was hurt and they started trying to climb through the debris and I had to tell them to stop that we were all ok."

Grant said she and her children were able to get out of the apartment building through her bedroom window uninjured.

Power was shut off for the entire apartment complex for some time after the crash but has since been restored.

Grant and her family are being put up in a hotel for the time being. The other residents in the building were allowed back inside their apartments.

Grant said without renter's insurance, she doesn't know what she will do next, but she's grateful her family wasn't hurt in the tragic accident.

"I'm not sure what we'll do from here on, from now, but it's nothing that can't be replaced," Grant said. "I'm just glad that they weren't there, that they were back there with me."

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Temperatures dipped back into the upper 30s and low 40s for many of us early this morning, marking our coldest start to a day in Evansville (where we fell to 41°) in more than a week. Fortunately, the chilly start to the day didn't mean that our afternoon would be a loss, it was anything but - in fact, after seeing temperature around 57° by our lunch hour, afternoon highs crept back into the mid to low 60s area-wide; we hit 63° in the River City - while that's still 2° shy of the norm for October 27th, we'll take a 3° increase over yesterday's high of 60°. The clear skies that allowed temperatures to climb as high as they did earlier on however, are on their way out as our next round of rainfall inches ever closer. The remainder of the evening ahead should remain dry, but isolated rainfall will return to the Tri-State as early as the overnight and predawn hours Thursday.
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