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Accident sends two to hospital

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Emergency responders check the damage to an Indiana State Police trooper vehicle following a two-vehicle accident on United States 40 east of Seelyville Tuesday. [Order this photo]
VIGO COUNTY -- A two-vehicle crash Tuesday afternoon sent both drivers to the hospital.

At approximately 5:29 p.m., Vigo County Central Dispatch received a 911 call reporting the crash, with injuries, on United States 40, just east of Seelyville.

The crash allegedly involved an Indiana State Police Trooper.

Emergency responders arrived and found both the trooper and the other motorist still inside their vehicle.

Members of the Seelyville Fire/Rescue Department extricated both drivers within 15 minutes of arriving. TransCare Ambulance Service then transported both drivers to Union Hospital for treatment.

The injuries sustained by both drivers did not appear to be life threatening.

A preliminary investigation revealed the trooper was westbound on U.S. 40, with emergency lighting and siren activated, en route to a "burglary in progress," call in southern Vigo County.

As the 2010 Ford Crown Victoria police vehicle passed by Tabor Town Road, the trooper's vehicle came upon two vehicles in the right lane. The lead vehicle slowed and pulled to the right and the second vehicle veered into the passing lane, possibly to go around the lead vehicle.

The movement caused the trooper to take action and veer to the left. In doing so, the trooper's car collided with an eastbound 2005 Chevy Tahoe.

The driver of the Tahoe, Janetta E. England, 52, Brazil, complained of shoulder, neck, knee and hip pain.

The trooper, Don Curtis, 30, Terre Haute, is a four-year veteran with ISP, assigned to the Putnamville District. He was admitted to Union Hospital to be treated for a head laceration and shoulder injuries.

Seatbelts were used by both drivers involved in the accident.

No citations were issued.

The crash is still under investigation by ISP crash reconstructionists. U.S. 40 was temporarily closed east and westbound for two-and-a-half hours for crash reconstruction and clean up.

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"and the second vehicle veered into the passing lane..." Always check your side view mirror.

I'm glad the report says that injuries were apparently not life threatening.

Ms. England, you were in the right place, but at the wrong time. Hope you're not too banged up this morning. God bless you.

-- Posted by Dagnabbitt on Wed, Jul 20, 2011, at 7:51 AM

Understand that accidents happen...but why can't motorists yield and stop to the side of the road for emergency vehicles? Respect authority...this time everyone was lucky. Could have been a death.

-- Posted by hoosier01 on Wed, Jul 20, 2011, at 7:25 PM

I am sure the burglary in progress wasnt that important to be going that fast to get there! I would rather see a home burglarized before seeing a deadly accident. How long were the skid marks? How fast was the trooper going?

-- Posted by yearight on Thu, Jul 21, 2011, at 1:18 AM

A burglary in progress could have also meant that there were people at home being victimized/terrorized. Kinda hard for me to worry about how fast a trooper is going when someone may be pleading for their life. Bottom line.... PULL OVER AND WATCH WHAT YOU ARE DOING! Stop blaiming the troopers.

-- Posted by dsjones87 on Thu, Jul 21, 2011, at 8:15 PM

The Trooper was going way to fast and they need to take more caution when driving!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! So, what you are saying is that its the victims fault that they were slammed into by the Trooper?

-- Posted by yearight on Fri, Jul 22, 2011, at 5:04 PM

I agree that drivers should respect and pull over for emergency vehicles but it could have just been that the driver who went into the left land either didn't hear the sirens or when they looked in their side mirror, the cop was in their blind spot. You never know...accidents happen.

On the other opinion I have....I know that authority vehicles think that they don't have a speed limit even when not on a call. I was driving down Harmony Rd the other day and a County Boy passed me.....I was running about 50 (the speed limit is 45) and he zoomed past me like I was crawling...no lights, no sirens. I see them driving up and down US 40 as well...way too dam* fast. Why do they feel that they are above the law? Are we allowed to report seeing a police officer texting while driving down the road? LOL

-- Posted by JLT2007 on Sat, Jul 23, 2011, at 9:25 AM

yearight, How do you know what speed the trooper was going? I don't believe you were there.....

I didnt say it was the other drivers fault. People need to pay attention.

JLT, you are right accidents happen. I also think you are right about officers driving to fast when not responding to traffic calls. I had one in front of me the other day in Harmony who did not use a turn signal. I wonder if we called and reported them if it would be followed up on.

My opinion is different however when it comes to them responding to a emergency call.

-- Posted by dsjones87 on Mon, Jul 25, 2011, at 2:11 PM

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