December 2, 2007

Purdue Hockey Player Dies in Crash

State Road 25 is an awful road to travel in the winter, esp. at night. We no longer even try.
The wreck happened about 3:45 p.m. Saturday on Indiana State Highway 25, about 5 miles north of Wingate, according to the university and Indiana Department of Natural Resources Conservation Officer Matt Tholen, who is investigating the accident. The DNR often works with local police, and Tholen is investigating because he was available to respond when the wreck happened.

"Weather may have been a factor," he said. "It was freezing rain. We had winds, sleet. The roads were slick."

The team was on its way to play Holy Cross College of South Bend at the Palmer Arena in Danville. Twenty players, two coaches and a manager were traveling in three vans.

One of the southbound vans flipped at least once and landed on the driver's side in a field, Tholen said. He would not say who was driving the van. There have been no citations issued, he said.

Andrew Jackson, 18, a freshman from Chanhassen, Minn., near Minneapolis, died, university officials said.

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