3 killed in 2 separate crashes
A Corydon woman died as a result of injuries sustained in a four-car crash Monday morning, and two people were killed in a head-on crash Thursday morning near English.
According to the Harrison County Sheriff’s Dept., a silver Chrysler Sebring, driven by Elaine Price, 55, of Corydon, was traveling south on S.R. 135 near Hayswood Nature Reserve when, for an unknown reason, it crossed the center line and collided with a northbound Ford Ranger pick-up truck driven by Matthew Woertz, 34, of Corydon. Two other vehicles were clipped in the incident, but none of the injuries sustained by their occupants were considered serious.
The drivers of the two vehicles behind Woertz gave statements to police, with one driver, Dalton Wheeler, 19, of Brandenburg, saying he saw Price’s car come into the northbound lane, and the second driver, David Heikes, 45, of Corydon, saying he saw debris flying in the air and was unsure if he struck Woertz’s vehicle or if it was tires and debris in the roadway. Both Heikes and Wheeler were wearing their seat belts.
Price was pronounced dead at the scene, and Woertz was transported to University Hospital in Louisville with two broken legs, a broken heel, broken ribs and various internal injuries. As of press time yesterday (Tuesday), he remained at U of L in the intensive care unit. While Woertz was wearing a seat belt, it is unknown if Price was wearing a restraint.
The crash remains under investigation.
On Thursday, following a call to Crawford County 911 at about 9:57 a.m., multiple agencies responded to S.R. 64 and discovered a 1986 Mercury Grand Marquis driven by Daniel Ray Allen, 23, of Marengo.
According to police, Allen had crossed the center line and hit the semi driven by Tim Mehling, 59, of Huntingburg, who was headed east and attempting to turn on to Mulzer Quarry Road.
Allen was extricated from the vehicle by the English Volunteer Fire Dept. with life-threatening injuries and transported by AirEvac helicopter, which was diverted to Harrison County Hospital in Corydon for immediate care and later pronounced deceased by the coroner.
Also in Allen’s car was a 2-year-old boy found in the rear passenger seat fastened in a child safety seat. The toddler was transported by AirEvac to Kosair Children’s Hospital in Louisville for life-threatening injuries. Crawford County Deputy Sheriff Shawn Scott said Monday the child was released Sunday.
‘He did have multiple fractures ‘ arm, leg, collar bones, skull’ but was released to the family,’ he said.
The child’s mother, Carrie Walker of English, was pronounced dead at the scene by the Crawford County coroner.
Mehling, who was not injured, told police that the vehicle driven by Allen was headed west and crossed the center of the road before the Mulzer Quarry Road intersection. He said Allen’s vehicle continued toward him in the east-bound lane, where it hit him head-on. Mehling said that he was almost to a stop when he was hit by the car.
Scott said speed did not appear to be a factor.
‘(Allen) had been coming from New Albany, so I’m not sure if he maybe fell asleep just by witnesses reporting that it was just a gradual drift across the road,’ Scott said. ‘It wasn’t like it was a jerking motion or anything like that.’
Neither Allen nor Walker was wearing a seat belt.
Other agencies assisting included the Marengo-Liberty Township Volunteer Fire Dept. and Crawford County Emergency Medical Services.
S.R. 64 was closed for approximately two hours.