HENRY COUNTY, IN. (THECOUNT) — Clay Purnell of New Castle, Indiana, has been identified as the victim in a Saturday fatal vehicle crash in Henry County.

Purnell, 25, was killed in a two-vehicle crash near New Castle Saturday morning.


According to reports, Purnell was operating a Honda Civic on Interstate 70, when for unknown reasons, the vehicle crossed centerlines and into opposing lanes. The then vehicle came into contact with an SUV operated by 20-year-old Kourtney Ash of Lewisville, around 5 a.m. Saturday.

Both vehicles exited the roadway during the collision.

Purnell’s vehicle entered a culvert and rolled over.

Ash’ vehicle also entered a culvert and caught fire.

Purnell was pronounced dead at the scene of blunt force trauma injuries.

Ash was transported to an area hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation.


Geo quick facts: Henry County is a county located in east central Indiana, United States. As of 2010, the population was 49,462. The county seat and largest and only city is New Castle. Henry County is the main setting of the novel Raintree County by Ross Lockridge, Jr – Wikipedia.

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