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4-car crash sends one to hospital

Wednesday, July 19, 2006

A four-vehicle accident Monday afternoon sent one man to an Indianapolis hospital.

Driver distraction was the cause of the accident, according to the report filed by Clay County Sheriff's Deputy Brian Pierce.

Shortly before 1 p.m., members of the Clay County Sheriff's Department and Jackson Township Volunteer Fire Department were dispatched to an accident just south of the 4-H Fairgrounds entrance on S.R. 59.

Lucas Ledgerwood, 18, of Center Point, said he looked away from the road, and when he looked back, the car in front of him was stopped. After leaving 60 feet of skid marks, Ledgerwood swerved to avoid hitting the Ford Focus driven by John Witted, 42, of Arizona.

Ledgerwood's truck struck the right side of Witted's car, pushing it into the path of oncoming northbound traffic where it was hit head-on by a Ford Ranger driven by Bill Came, 70, of Center Point.

The impact of Witted's and Came's vehicles threw debris into the windshield of a fourth car, driven by Nacy Rader, 59, of Brazil, in the southbound lane.

The report stated the safety equipment in the vehicles was properly used by drivers.

No major injuries were reported for Ledgerwood or Rader, but Witted was treated for chest pain after the accident. Came suffered a compound fracture to the right ankle and injuries to his left knee, elbows and head. He was transported to St. Vincent Clay Hospital and later was taken by helicopter to Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis.

Traffic was rerouted around the accident scene for more than an hour while the extensive amount of debris and the vehicles were cleared from the road.

Pierce estimated the total damage to the four vehicles to be $10,000 to $25,000.

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