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Two men conducting survey work in Noblesville critically injured in crash

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Photo from the scene on June 23, 2016

NOBLESVILLE, Ind. – Two surveyors were critically injured in a crash in Noblesville Thursday morning.

Around 9:30 a.m., emergency crews responded to a report of a two-vehicle crash in the 14800 block of southbound SR 37.

Based on witness statements and evidence at the scene, it appears that a 2005 Chevy pickup truck was traveling southbound when it crashed into another vehicle. The other vehicle was identified as a 2012 Ford Escape registered to Certified Engineering, Inc. of Indianapolis.

The Ford was reportedly parked on the right shoulder in order for the occupants to conduct surveying work. Evidence at the scene suggests that the Chevy veered to the right side of the roadway causing it to strike the Ford and the two occupants who were standing outside the vehicle at the time of the collision.

The driver of the Chevy was identified as Timothy Osburn, 72, of Frankton. Osburn was transported by ground ambulance to St. Vincent with non-life-threatening injuries.

The surveyor standing on the driver’s side was identified as Derek Knowling, 31, of Roachdale. Knowling was transported by air ambulance to I.U. Health Methodist in critical condition.

The second surveyor was standing on the passenger’s side of the vehicle and has been identified as Brian Rees, 59, of Indianapolis. Rees was transported by air ambulance to St. Vincent in critical condition.

Traffic on SR 37 was either restricted and/or closed between 146th Street and Greenfield Ave. until approximately 1:00 p.m.

This is an ongoing investigation.

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