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I-70 crash sends one to Methodist hospital, three killed on I-74

Friday, January 17, 2003

Evan A. Covington, 19, of Frankton, Ind., was injured on I-70 at SR 59 Thursday.

The Clay County Sheriff's Department reports Covington's vehicle was eastbound on I-70 when it slid out of control due to ice on the overpass.

A witness told deputies the vehicle left the roadway, slid down the embankment, striking a light pole head on.

Covington was removed from the vehicle by Clay County Search and Rescue and Posey Township Fire Department personnel and transported to St. Vincent Clay Hospital by ambulance; then transported by helicopter to Methodist Hospital, Indianapolis, where he was listed in stable but critical condition.

He was listed as a patient in the hospital's critical care unit this morning.

Covington suffered a broken jaw and internal injuries to the chest area.

The crash was investigated by deputies Michael Heaton and Douglas Barr.

Three killed in I-74 accident

Also Thursday, three Ohio people were killed in a collision on I-74 near Greensburg, Ind.

The fatalities happened when their minivan spun across a median on snowy I-74 into the path of a tractor-trailer, police said.

The victims were identified as Barbara M. Conry, 31, of Cincinnati; Patrick J. Cunningham, 36, of Dayton; and Kevin J. Pfirrman, 27, of Streetsboro.

The driver of the minivan, Kevin M. Dugan, 32, of Cincinnati, was hospitalized with a possible broken arm and lacerations. His condition was not believed to be serious.

The four, advertising and marketing consultants for an Indianapolis firm, were driving from Cincinnati to Indianapolis for a business meeting. Police said Dugan apparently was trying to pass another truck when he clipped the rear of the vehicle, sending the minivan into a spin into the eastbound lanes of I-74 near an exit nine miles east of Greensburg.

The driver of the semitrailer, Gary D. Charlton, 43, of Indianapolis, suffered minor injuries.

"A huge contributing factor to this accident was the bad weather and drivers not taking the extra precautions necessary," Indiana State Trooper Chip Ayers said. "Had this accident occurred yesterday, when it was clear, it would not have been nearly as bad."

The Associated Press contributed to this report

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