A report of a multi-injury accident was received at the Rush County dispatch center shortly before 11 a.m. Friday. The call resulted in emergency response units from the Anderson Township Volunteer Fire Department, Rush County Sheriff Department Rush Memorial Ambulance and Indiana State Police dispatched to the intersection of SR 3 and SR 244 near Milroy.
Rush County Deputy Steve Houston was one of the first responders to arrive on the scene and found the intersecting state roads littered with debris from what had been a southbound 2013 Spyder motorcycle that had been struck by an eastbound 2005 Dodge Caravan that turned into the path of the three-wheeled motorcycle.
The force of impact on the drivers’ side of the van caused extensive damage to both vehicle and dislodged the driver of the Spyder, later identified as Dave Held, 63, of Fishers and his wife. Held’s wife sustained the most serious injuries and following treatment at the scene, she was air-lifted to an Indianapolis trauma center for unspecified injures. Held was treated at the scene for what were believed to be relatively minor non-life threatening injures considering the force of impact.
According to Houston, both Held and his wife were wearing helmets at the time of the accident, a safety measure that had a major impact on reducing the severity of their injuries.
“I was going 55 mph when the van pulled out. There was nothing I could do to avoid hitting it,” Held told investigators.
The driver of the Caravan was 36-year-old, Milroy resident Melissa Branson. Branson was not injured and although shaken by the experience, refused medical attention at the scene and told responders she would visit her doctor in Shelbyville if needed.
As a result of the collision, investigation, and clean-up process, SR 3 was reduced to a single lane for both north and south bound traffic for nearly 90 minutes.
Law enforcement personnel are quick to add that drivers need to use extra care when traveling and give additional attention to motorcyclist as they are frequently difficult to see.
Contact: Frank Denzler @ 765.932.2222 x106.