The report of a 2-vehicle injury accident with injuries was received at the county dispatch center shortly after 6:30 p.m. Sunday and resulted in multiple departments responding to the intersection of West SR 44 and Flatrock River Road.
Once on the scene, emergency personnel found a Chevrolet pickup truck inverted and a 2014 Chevrolet Equinox in a roadside ditch northwest of the intersection.
As a result of the investigation and clean-up process, traffic was rerouted to Old SR 44 around the accident scene for nearly 90 minutes before SR 44 reopened to east and westbound traffic shortly before 8 p.m.
According to investigating officer Deputy Matt Hedrick of the Rush County Sheriff’s Department, Rushville resident Diana L. Shook, 63, was traveling westbound on the state road when Kirk Jordan Hubbard, 34, of Shelbyville entered the roadway and into the Rushville woman's lane of travel.
The investigation found that Hubbard was southbound on Flatrock River Road and after coming to a stop, he failed to see Shook’s vehicle as he turned west on SR 44.
The force of the collision caused both vehicles to leave the roadway and after entering a road side ditch. The Shelbyville man’s Chevrolet pickup truck rolled and came to rest on its top. Shook’s vehicle remained upright and came to rest before the motor compartment burst into flames. Firefighters from nearby Rushville Township Volunteer Fire Department extinguished the blaze as medical personnel tended to the injured motorists.
Following initial treatment, Shook was transported from the scene to an Indianapolis trauma center for unspecified injuries. Hubbard was treated and transported to Rush Memorial Hospital. The full extent of both injuries, although not believed to be life threatening, remained unknown at press time Monday.
Assisting at the scene were units from the Rushville Police Department, RCSD, RTVFD, RFD Ambulance and Davis Towing.
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