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2 crashes send motorists to hospitals

A pair of crashes in the past week sent several people to local hospitals.
According to a crash report from the Harrison County Sheriff’s Dept., Megan L. Kaufer, 19, of Elizabeth was driving her 2003 Hyundai Elantra west on S.R. 62 near Hauswald Farm east of Corydon on Sunday just after noon. At the same time, Angela M. Durbin, 45, Corydon, was driving her 2005 Buick Rendezvous east.
Police said evidence at the scene indicates Kaufer was left of center when the two vehicles impacted. Five people were injured in the crash.
After the impact with Durbin’s vehicle, Kaufer’s car veered back to the right and then slid sideways, coming to a stop at the edge of the road on the north side.
Durbin’s car slid off the south side of the road, went down a small embankment and out into a plowed field. After entering the field, Durbin’s car partially rolled over onto the driver’s side.
Both Durbin and Kaufer, who were wearing their seat belts, were trapped in their vehicles, while three children in Durbin’s car were pulled out of the back hatch by people who had stopped to help.
On Friday, at close to 11:30 a.m., Cody A. Byrn, 19, of Corydon was driving a 1993 Chevrolet pick-up truck east on S.R. 64, approaching S.R. 335. He told police that he must have fallen asleep prior to veering right off the road and striking a 1996 Dodge Caravan driven by Maurice J. Wiley, 80, of Crandall. The Caravan was stopped on 335 waiting for eastbound traffic to pass, a witness said.
Byrn, who was wearing a seat belt, was the only one in his truck. Wiley and his wife, Cecelia, 77, were both wearing their seat belts but had to be transported to hospitals. Maurice Wiley was taken to University Hospital in Louisville, while Cecelia was taken to Harrison County Hospital in Corydon.