Multi-vehicle crash snarls traffic on U.S. Highway 50

U.S. Highway 50 in Jackson County was closed for a time Monday evening after a multiple-vehicle crash.

The Jackson County Sheriff’s Department says that deputies responded to the crash, located at 3000 East Highway 50 at Crane Hill, at 5:42 p.m. Deputies say that a vehicle driven by 21-year-old Noah Hayes, of Seymour, was traveling west on Highway 50 and was attempting to turn left in to a driveway. Investigators then say that an SUV, driven by 21-year-old Randall Caudill, of Ladoga, stopped behind Hayes’ vehicle. A vehicle driven by 48-year-old Gregory Collier was behind Caudill’s vehicle and authorities say he was able to stop in time, as was the vehicle behind him, which was being driven by John Gorbett, of Medora. Deputies say that a vehicle being driven by Romona Cutter, of Seymour, struck the rear of Gorbett’s vehicle, setting off a chain-reaction crash.

Authorities say that Gorbett was taken to Schneck Medical Center for complaints of leg and abdominal pain. He was reportedly treated and released. The Sheriff’s Department adds that Gorbett’s and Cutter’s vehicles had to be towed from the scene. Both directions of U.S. Highway 50 were closed for approximately 20 minutes.