Two vehicles collided east of Rushville, shortly before 6:30 p.m. Saturday and resulted in multiple emergency departments responding to the 2000 block of East SR 44 near Orange Pike.
Once on the scene, responders found one of the vehicles involved stationary in the intersection of the state road and Orange Pike and the second vehicle nearly 100 yards further west of the point of impact.
According to investigating officer Rush County Deputy Daniel Meyer, after coming to a stop on Orange Pike, a 2003 Jeep Grand Cherokee, driven by Morgan A. McCreery, 18, of Connersville, failed to see a westbound 2001 Chrysler driven by Alexis J. Carmony, 17, of Falmouth, and entered the intersecting roads as a means to turn west on SR 44 and struck the westbound Carmony vehicle. The force of the impact caused McCreery’s vehicle to spin 180 degrees before it came to rest facing east on the west side of the Orange Pike.
The Carmony vehicle sustained extensive damage to the driver side door although continued its westbound path and traveled nearly 100 yards before it came to a stop.
Neither of the teenage drivers was seriously injured as a result of the collision and after being checked by medical personnel at the scene, refused additional treatment.
Following the investigation, McCreery was found to be at fault and received two citations - failure to yield the right of way and operating a motor vehicle in violation of a learners permit.
The collision rendered both vehicles inoperable, requiring them to be towed from the scene. The accident also reduced traffic on SR 44 to a single lane for nearly 90 minutes during the investigation and cleanup process.
Responding to the accident were units from the RCSD, the Rushville Police Department, Rushville Township Volunteer Fire Department, RMH Ambulance and Davis Towing.
Contact: Frank Denzler @ 765.932.2222 x106.