Rushville Republican

January 17, 2014

Slick roadways lead to rash of accidents

By Frank Denzler Rushville Republican
Rushville Republican

---- — In the first of a number of slide offs and property damage accidents, a Shelby County woman escaped serious injury in a near head on accident west of Rushville on SR 44 Thursday morning.

A report of a multi-vehicle accident was received at the county dispatch center shortly after 11:30 a.m. Thursday with the caller reporting a collision in the 2300 block of West SR 44. Upon arrival, responders from multiple departments found nearly a 100 yard section of the westbound lane littered with remnants of the two vehicle’s involved; a 2000 Chevrolet Cavalier came to rest facing north straddling the centerline of the state road and a 1999 Chevrolet pickup truck in a northside ditch.

At the time of the accident, motorist were faced with near white out conditions with blowing snow reducing visibility on a slick and snow covered road surface.

As a result of the collision, SR 44 was closed to east and west bound traffic for nearly 90 minutes during the investigation and cleanup process requiring both vehicles to be towed from the scene.

The unidentified driver of the pickup truck was uninjured and after being checked at the scene, refused additional treatment. The driver of the smaller sub-compact Chevrolet, a unidentified Shelbyville woman was treated at the scene and later transported to Rush Memorial Hospital for what were believed to be minor injuries. No additional medical information was available at press time Thursday.

Responding to the accident were units from the Rushville Township Volunteer Fire Department, Rushville Police Department, Rush County Sheriff’s Department, RMH Ambulance and Davis Towing.

Contact: Frank Denzler @ 765.932.2222, ext. 106.