Linneus man pulls into path of big rig, life-flighted to hospital after being ejected from SUV

18-Wheel truck big rig

A resident of Linneus was injured when the sports utility vehicle he was driving collided with a tractor-trailer on Highway 36 in Linn County.

Forty-five-year-old Douglas Hale received moderate injuries and was flown by (Air Evac) medical helicopter to University Hospital in Columbia.

An investigator reports Hale was northbound when he allegedly pulled into the path of the eastbound tractor-trailer, one and a half miles east of Meadville. After the SUV was struck in the driver’s side, it went off the highway ejecting Hale. Moderate damage was noted to the tractor-trailer driven by 51-year-old Andrey Androsov of Raleigh, North Carolina who was not reported hurt during the crash.

The online arrest report accused Douglas Hale of driving while intoxicated and careless and imprudent driving. He was released for medical treatment.

Hale was not wearing a seat belt and the sport utility vehicle (Jeep Wrangler) was demolished.