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January 13, 2014

3 injured in wreck on U.S. 40

Van crossed center line, struck oncoming truck

SEELYVILLE — Three people were injured in a two-vehicle collision Monday morning on U.S. 40 at Seelyville.

Motorist Judith G. Elsey, 74, of Terre Haute, was airlifted to Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis with serious injuries to her left leg.

Chief Deputy Clark Cottom of the Vigo County Sheriff’s Department reports that Elsey was driving east in a Nissan Pathfinder when her vehicle crossed the center line for unknown reasons and collided nearly head-on with a Chevrolet Silverado pickup driven by Ronald R. Rodgers, 74, of Knightsville. Rodgers sustained hip and shoulder injuries. A passenger in the pickup truck, 73-year-old Zelma M. Rodgers of Knightsville, had chest injuries.

Ronald and Zelma Rodgers were also taken to Methodist Hospital after first being transported to Union Hospital.

Updated conditions for all those involved were unavailable Monday evening because they all remained in the emergency room awaiting further evaluation, a hospital spokeswoman said.

As a result of the collision, the pickup truck also struck a Duke Energy utility pole.

Because of the severity of the crash, both drivers had to be extricated by Seelyville and Riley fire departments.

Cottom reports that drugs and alcohol are not suspected in the crash, but tests have been requested for both drivers,  standard practice in crashes involving serious bodily injury.

Responding to the scene were units from the sheriff’s department, an Indiana Conservation Officer, Indiana State Police, Seelyville and Riley fire departments, the Town of Seelyville, LifeLine and TransCare Ambulance.

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