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Poland man airlifted to hospital after accident

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

PUTNAM COUNTY -- A Clay County man was airlifted to an Indianapolis hospital for injuries sustained in an early morning accident on United States 231, just south of Interstate 70.

According to Indiana State Police officials, personnel from ISP and various Putnam County emergency agencies were dispatched to the scene of a three-vehicle accident shortly before noon Tuesday, near the intersection of County Road 900 South and U.S. 231.

Apparently James A. R. Wells, 18, Poland, was attempting to turn left with his 1993 Ford Ranger pickup onto CR 900 S and drove into the path of a northbound 1995 GMC Jimmy driven by William G. Gray, 53, Spencer.

After colliding, the pickup came to rest on the driver's side with the rear of the truck striking a 1997 Winnebago Motor Home driven by Jerry W. Mann, 67, Greencastle.

Mann was stopped for a red light at the intersection of CR 900 S westbound at U.S. 231 at the time of the accident.

Initially transported to Putnam County Hospital with head and neck injuries, Wells was later airlifted to Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis for advanced treatment.

An unidentified 21-year-old male passenger in Wells' vehicle reported no injuries.

According to officials, Gray reported minor pain and sought his own medical treatment, while Mann reported no injuries.

Both the GMC Jimmy and Ford Ranger were considered a total loss. The Winnebago sustained minor damage.

Officials confirmed Wells was cited for Failure to Yield the Right of Way and Failure to Use Passenger Restraint for his alleged involvement in the accident. Alcohol was not a factor in the accident.

Master Trooper Hans Nowak was assisted during the accident investigation by ISP Troopers Sergeant Joe Watts and Master Trooper Gary Winters. Other agencies responding to the scene included the Putnam County Sheriff's Office, Putnam County Operation Life, Cloverdale Police Department and Cloverdale Fire/Rescue.

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