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Recent crashes keep emergency services busy


Pictured above the scene unfolded with several emergency personnel after Fielding Marcum crashed his car off SR 129 in Versailles by the Indiana State Police Post. He was airlifted to the hospital with serious injuries after he had to be extricated from his vehicle.

Wanda English Burnett


Within the span of a week, Ripley County emergency personnel have been busy and church prayer lines have been called for various accidents and emergency situations.

From a single-accident crash last Saturday, May 5 to a four-vehicle crash on May 12 that sent two people to the hospital, there have been a variety of crashes.

On May 5, a one vehicle crash in the early morning hours involved a 2011 Camero on CR 350N and CR 225 E. that went off the roadway up an embankment and crashed head-on into trees. According to police, the driver was Dillon A. Engel, 20 of Batesville and the passenger, Kyle E. Taylor, 24, Indianapolis. Both were taken to Margaret Mary Hospital, Batesville, according to the police report. The driver was later transferred to UC. The accident is still under investigation by Ripley County Sheriff Deputy A.J. Smith.

On May 9 around 12:30 p.m. a crash occurred in Versailles near the Indiana State Police Post. A call had come into Ripley County Communications about 30 minutes before this crash occurred saying there was a gold Pontiac Grand Am driving recklessly northbound on SR 129. The vehicle was being followed by a Ripley County Special Deputy, who was in his personal vehicle and not in uniform.

Fielding Marcum, 63, Aurora, was driving the Grand Am and what officers didn’t know at the time, was that Marcum was having a medical emergency, according to family members. He left the roadway, struck a utility pole and a brick retaining wall with the driver’s side of the vehicle. This was in Versailles northbound on SR 129.

Firefighters quickly arrived on the scene and used the hydraulic rescue tools to remove the side of the vehicle, displace the dashboard and floorboard to free the driver, according to Versailles Fire Chief Ben Sieverding.

Mr. Marcum was transported via St. Vincent/Stat Flight to the hospital.

The Ripley County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the crash and was assisted by Osgood Marshal William Wallace. Rescue 69 was on scene as well.
On Friday, May 11, the Indiana State Police responded to a serious personal injury crash on Spades Road after a vehicle collided with an ATV around 3:30 p.m.

The initial investigation was conducted by Trooper Matt Holley, who noted that Harry O. Laker, 84, Sunman, was northbound on Spades Road near 1100 North in a Landmaster ATV which was struck from behind by a northbound 2004 Ford Explorer being driven by Katlyn M. Buckhave, 16 of Batesville. Police say the force of the collision ejected Laker from the ATV. Laker was flown to the University of Cincinnati Hospital for serious injuries. Buckhave was not injured in the crash.

Trooper Holley was assisted at the scene by other troopers, the Ripley County Sheriff’s Department, Ripley County EMS, and the Sunman Volunteer Fire Department.

Saturday, May 12 another crash occurred involving four vehicles sending two to the hospital. According to information from the Ripley County Sheriff’s Department, a crash occurred at the intersection of US 50 and CR 175W near Versailles.

Police say a white Chevrolet Silverado, driven westbound on US 50 by Larissa Garret, 48, Versailles, had stopped to turn left and was waiting for an SUV to complete a U-turn on CR 175 West, as well as for oncoming traffic to clear.

A black Ford Taurus, being driven westbound by John Thornton, 77, Versailles, swerved to go around the white Chevrolet and towards the ditch on the south side of US 50.

A tan Dodge pickup truck, driven eastbound by Joseph Daniel, 60, Spencer, slammed on its brakes and swerved into the westbound lane of US 50. A white Nissan Altima, which was being driven eastbound by Julia Hildreth, 59, Crothersville, saw the tan Dodge swerve to the left to avoid the Ford and she swerved to the right into the ditch to also avoid the black Ford.

Ultimately, the Ford collided with the white Nissan in the ditch on the south side of US 50.

Hildreth and a passenger in her vehicle, Jessica Stroud, 35, Crothersville, were transported by ambulance to Margaret Mary Hospital in Batesville.

Agencies who responded to the scene along with the Sheriff’s deputies were Versailles Fire/Rescue, Rescue 69 personnel, Ripley County Medic 10, two Ripley County EMS squads and Indiana DNR Conservation.

Pick up a copy of the May 15, Osgood Journal to view more pictures.

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