The report of a single vehicle accident was received at the county dispatch center shortly before 10 p.m. Friday and resulted in a multi-agency effort in the 6000 block of East CR 450S.
A resident called 911 after a 1999 Chevrolet Lumina driven by 19-year-old Rebecca Rich of Rushville struck a tree in their front yard. Rich and two passengers in the vehicle - Zachary Hoel, 19, of Glenwood and Adam Jones, 20, of Connersville, - escaped serious injury as a result of the collision.
According to investigating officer Rush County deputy Doug Keith, speed was a major contributing factor in the accident.
Rich told investigators that she was traveling approximately 65 mph on the county road when she lost control of her vehicle.
The investigation also found that Rich failed to stop at a stop sign at the intersection of CR 450S and CR 600E.
“Rich traveled through the intersection and started sliding out of control. The driver over corrected the steering causing the vehicle to slide off the north side of CR 450S and into an embankment. This caused the vehicle to slide around and strike a tree,” Keith said.
The deputy continued by saying that all three of the individuals were properly restrained at the time of the accident and that the use seat belts and shoulder harness had an impact on reducing their injuries.
The vehicle skidded nearly 85 yards before it spun 180 degrees and struck the tree. The force of the impact caused extensive damage and pinned back seat passenger Jones in the vehicle.
Following treatment at the scene for what were described as non-life threatening injuries, Rich, Jones and Hoel were transported to Rush Memorial Hospital as precautionary measures. The full extent of their injures were unknown at press time.
Assisting at the scene were units form the Glenwood Volunteer Fire Department, Rushville Township Volunteer Fire Department, RCSD, RMH Ambulance and Davis Towing.
Contact: Frank Denzler @ 765.932.2222 x106.