Vehicle Crashes Into Hoosier Hills Foodbank Warehouse Sunday

Photo courtesy of Monroe Fire Protection District

Staff report

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — April 22, 2024

The Hoosier Hills Foodbank had a “stranger than fiction moment” over the weekend when a vehicle veered off Interstate 69 and crashed into its warehouse, causing substantial damage, officials said Monday on Facebook.

According to a Facebook post by the Hoosier Hills Foodbank (HHFB) on Monday, April 22, 2024, a pickup truck careened off the southbound lanes of I-69, descended a hill, and plowed into the Dan Taylor Annex warehouse building Sunday afternoon.

“It appears that the driver passed out at the wheel, but fortunately, there were no serious injuries to the driver or passenger,” the HHFB post stated. “Despite the significant damage, we’re thankful no one was harmed, and we’re optimistic that insurance will cover most expenses and losses eventually.”

The aftermath of the crash has left HHFB grappling with the assessment of damages, which may include losses of food drive items and supplies. Additionally, the organization lamented the destruction of approximately 60,000 postcards prepared for next month’s Stamp Out Hunger food drive.

Expressing gratitude, HHFB acknowledged the swift response of emergency personnel from the Monroe Fire District and Monroe County Sheriff’s Department, who aided in managing the situation.

The Monroe Fire Protection District detailed the sequence of events surrounding the incident in a separate post on April 21, 2024. Initially dispatched as a fire alarm response to W Industrial Park Dr, firefighters arrived to find a vehicle collision had triggered the alarms within the warehouse. Additional reports revealed the vehicle had veered off I-69, hurtling down an embankment and into the building.

Both occupants of the vehicle were found outside the building upon firefighters’ arrival, reporting no major injuries. Responders from various agencies, including the Ellettsville Fire Department, City of Bloomington Fire Department, IU Health Ambulance, Indiana State Police, Monroe County Sheriff’s Department, and Duke Energy, collaborated to address the incident.

Photo courtesy of Monroe Fire Protection District

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