• February 16, 2023

Avery Osowski Killed, Linnie Harshorn Injured in Bus Accident in Waynetown, IN

Waynetown, IN -- February 15, 2023, Avery Osowski was killed after an accident where his vehicle crashed with a bus.

Investigators said that the incident happened at around 2:00 p.m. along US 136 at the intersection of County Road 650W. It appears that 19-year-old Avery Osowski and Linnie Harshorn, also 19, were in a Pontiac Sunfire traveling eastbound along US 136. At 650W, statements say that a westbound bus "was preparing to turn south onto 650W" (this according to the Journal Review). During this, the Pontiac crashed into the bus.

Avery Osowski Killed, Linnie Harshorn Injured in Bus Accident in Waynetown, IN

Osowski died as a result of the crash while Harshorn was left with serious injuries. No others were said to be injured, and authorities have not given additional details at this time. What few details are available, though, paint a more than concerning picture.

I want to be clear that there are few local media outlets talking about this tragic accident, so I can only base my impressions off of those scarce details, which are said to come from the Montgomery County Sheriff's office. The key thing that stands out to me is the stated direction of the vehicles and the apparent intersection where the crash occurred.

If the images I found are of the crossing where this crash occurred, I find it difficult to believe this crash ever would have happened without the bus failing to yield. The most up to date images I see show there are stop signs on CR 650W but not on US 136. For a westbound bus to turn southbound, it would have to go left across eastbound lanes.

So is that what happened here? Am I somehow looking at the wrong intersection? Are the stated directions wrong? What do the reports mean when they say the bus was "preparing to turn"? Like I said, there could be a lot more to this story than what's available to the public, so I would discourage anyone from jumping to conclusions. But when there are this many red flags surrounding a young man's death, one would be hard-pressed not to worry that someone may need to be held accountable for what happened. I just hope authorities are being more thorough than the local media about what happened here and how it all could have been avoided.


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