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Knightsville resident injured in collision

Monday, December 14, 2009

VIGO COUNTY -- A Knightsville resident was injured during a two-vehicle head-on collision on United States 40, just west of Hunt Road and near Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology Sunday evening.

According to information provided by the Indiana State Police, troopers and other members of Vigo County emergency agencies responded to the accident that injured five people.

A preliminary investigation revealed Nicole B. Nicoson, 20, Knightsville, was the driver of a 2005 Pontiac Grand Am traveling eastbound in the passing lane on U.S. 40 and Cynthia Bullock, 52, Terre Haute, was driving a 1998 Saturn westbound in the passing lane when both vehicles apparently swerved to the left, causing them to collide head-on. The drivers told authorities they thought "something" was in their lane and swerved to the left.

Nicoson, who was wearing a seatbelt, was transported to Terre Haute Regional Hospital for complaints of stomach pain.

A passenger in the Grand Am, Dean Entzler, whose address is unknown at this time, was also wearing a seatbelt and was not injured.

Although wearing a seatbelt, Bullock was trapped inside the vehicle for approximately 20 minutes before being extricated by the Terre Haute City Fire Department. She was transported to Terre Haute Regional Hospital and later flown to Indianapolis Methodist Hospital for fractures of both legs and other injuries.

According to officials, three passengers in the vehicle were allegedly not properly restrained during the accident.

The front seat passenger, Nicholas Bentonfelix, 25, Terre Haute, was taken to Terre Haute Union Hospital for hip pain.

The right rear passenger, Eugenia Bullock, 24, Terre Haute, was taken to Terre Haute Union Hospital and later flown to Indianapolis Methodist Hospital for head injuries.

The left rear passenger, Heavenlee-Angel Johns, 5, was allegedly wearing a lap belt only and not restrained in an approved child-safety seat. Johns was first taken to Union Hospital and later air ambulanced to Riley Children's Hospital in Indianapolis for treatment of internal injuries that appeared life threatening. She is the daughter of Eugenia and the granddaughter of Cynthia.

Authorities released no further information about the condition of the victims.

Both lanes of U.S. 40 were closed for approximately two hours while ISP Troopers Mike Finney, Mike Taylor and ISP Crash Reconstructionist Detective Chris Carter conducted a crash investigation.

Although the investigation continues, officials have confirmed alcohol was not a factor in the accident and various traffic-related citations could be issued at a later date.

Members of the Terre Haute City Police Department, TransCare Ambulance Service and the Vigo County Sheriff's Department assisted at the scene.

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Let's hope that all get well. Especially the five year old. When are people going to realize that seatbelts and child restraints save lives? That child should have been in an appropriate restraint device! Shame on both the mother and grandmother for not properly securing her! Please people wear your seat belts!

-- Posted by millertime on Tue, Dec 15, 2009, at 7:48 AM

Let's just hope and pray that everyone recovers soon from these serious injuries. What a horrible accident.

-- Posted by JaniLou on Tue, Dec 15, 2009, at 8:27 AM

I hope everyone omes out ok,especially the young one.

Both drivers thougt they saw something in their lanes and both tunrned to miss what it was.

that is going to be a tough one to answer for the Cops,

Just by the report in the paper,I can see only a citation for no child seat

-- Posted by T-REX on Wed, Dec 16, 2009, at 11:23 AM

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